About Us

About Electrogroup

Electrogroup is comprised of two industry-owned companies which are “not-for-profit”:

Electrogroup Apprentices (EGA) is a Group Training Organisation, whose core business is to recruit, employ and train electrical apprentices for careers in the electrotechnology sector;

Electrogroup Training (known as EGT) is a Registered Training Organisation which provides trade institute training for electrical apprentices, post trade electrical training for licenced electricians, pre-apprenticeship courses and a range of short courses.

Electrogroup is unique in Queensland by specialising in electrical training for the benefit of the electrotechnology industry. The prime objective is to provide safe, competent and highly skilled apprentices and tradespeople for the electrotechnology industry.

Electrogroup Apprentices (EGA) – Group Training Organisation

EGA was founded in 1998 by the Master Electricians Australia, formerly Electrical and Communications Association and the Electrical Trades Union, (ETU) focusing specifically on addressing the skills needs of employers in the electrotechnology sector.


  • is responsible for employing and training apprentices and placing them with reputable industry Host Employers.
  • acts as the apprentice’s employer to ensure the quality and continuity of their employment and training.

Additionally, EGA’s trade qualified field staff offer ongoing mentoring, support and pastoral care to their Apprentices.  97% of EGA apprentices successfully complete their training.

Electrogroup Training (EGT) – Registered Training Organisation 

Electrogroup Training is industry owned and operated and was established as a not-for-profit Industry Skills Centre by the electrotechnology industry in 1999.

The specialised training on offer is predominantly for electrical apprentices for their “college” component;  however, courses are also offered in:

  • Certificate IV in Electrical – Photovoltaic Systems
  • Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas — Electrical
  •  Telecommunications
    • Optical Fibre
    • Coaxial and Structured Cabling
    • Upgrade Restricted to Open Registration
    • Open Cabler Registration
    • Restricted Cabler Registration
    • Combined Coax, Structured and Optical Fibre
  • Test and Tag
  • Work Safely at Heights
  • CPR & Low Voltage Switchboard Rescue

Refer to the Scope of Registration for the full list of qualifications and competencies delivered.

ISO Accredited Quality Certificate and 10 Year Milestone 2013eCert


The Electrogroup Board of Directors:

  • Provide high-level Industry advice and is responsible for the proper governance and business risk management controls and due diligence which provide essential guides in achieving best practice governance. The Board of Directors operates under a Code of Conduct and a Governance Charter.
  • Is reflective of the joint ownership of the respective companies. All members maintain a high profile, are well experienced in the role of a company Director as well as being highly respected within the industry. To ensure ongoing national compliance, the directors undertake ongoing training.

Bill BartleyBill Bartley

Master Electricians Australia

Bill commenced his Electrical Apprenticeship in 1969 with Kennedy & Middleton Pty Ltd. He has held senior positions with a number of major Electrical Contracting Companies in Queensland and is currently the Managing Director of Contract Electrical (Qld) Pty Ltd trading as CEQ Australia. Bill has gained certificates in Contract Law, Contract Administration, Management Practices and Team Building.

The following are some of the projects Bill has been associated with over the years:

  • Myer Centre – Brisbane
  • Australia Fair Shopping Centre – Gold Coast
  • Marriott Hotel – Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Plaza – Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane International Airport Terminal – Brisbane
  • Century Zinc Mine – North Queensland
  • APLNG – Curtis Island
  • Exxon Mobil – PNG

Bill currently sits on the Board of Master Electricians Australia, holding the position of Senior Vice President.

Bill’s interests include fishing, camping, oyster farming and boating. Bill is married with three children and four grandchildren and resides in Cleveland.

Keith McKenzieKeith McKenzie

Electrical Trades Union

Keith started as an Electrical Fitter / Mechanic Apprenticeship with Halmac – Edington in 1986 working with their Contracting / Construction Division. He was awarded Halmac’s BEST 2nd, 3rd and 4th year “Apprentice of the year”. Since completing his time, he worked for some major projects, Commercial, Industrial, Domestic, petrochemical with various employers. Keith has also been a Union Delegate on a number of projects and in 1999 he became a Union Official with the Electrical Trades Union.

His role with the Union included being an Organiser responsible for Coordinating the Electrical Contracting / Construction Division, Lift Industry as well at Coca-Cola at Richlands.

Some of Keith’s successes include:

  • Involved in a number of Contracting Industry campaigns to achieve the 36 hour week.
  • Highest paid trade rates for electrical workers, income protection and enhanced wages and conditions for members.
  • His role with the Union ensures the strategic direction of the Union.

He currently representing the rights of workers on the following:

  • Director Contracting Industry Redundancy Trust Board (CIRTQ)
  • Committee Member Qld Government Electrical Licensing Committee
  • Board Member Qld Government Electrical Safety Board
  • Committee Member Commonwealth Government’s Occupational
  • Licensing Advisory Committee
  • Executive Member – Queensland Council of Unions.

Electrogroup Management

Donna Pickford             


Donna has over 15 years’ experience in the financial and education sector with vast experience within credit and team management.

A great deal of Donna’s career has been spent with large organisations such as Allianz, BDS VirCon and Spectrum Fire and Security within Queensland. In 2010 Donna joined Electrogroup Apprentices and became a driving force within the business. Donna prides herself on ensuring her team place only the best apprentices with equally passionate hosts. Donna enjoys mentoring young apprentices who become the future of our electrical industry and has nurtured strong partnerships within the industry.