Sunday, August 7th, 2011 - KNX National Group
Two electrical apprentices that demonstrated consistent levels of excellence throughout their training were recognised by Australia’s peak electrical industry association, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), at the annual Apprentice of the Year Awards held last night on Saturday (6 August 2011) at Tattersalls Park in Elwick.

The 2011 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent of the top apprentices across three industry sectors.

Tim Langdale, a 22-year-old apprentice from Blackmans Bay, was judged the best apprentice in the Industrial Category. Mr Langdale excelled during his studies at the Skills Institute and during on-the-job training with Tastec and his host company Nyrstar.

“I would like to work in different parts of Australian experiencing different industrial sites including off shore oil rigs. I aspire to own my own instrumentation company that contracts to industrial companies or to be the electrical superintendant of an industrial company,” Mr Langdale said during the nomination process.

Thirty-year-old Richard Styles from Launceston won the Commercial and Domestic category. Employed by Degree C, Mr Styles is enrolled in an apprenticeship at the Skills Institute and is interested in progressing into management.

“My career outlook is to be involved in managing large size commercial projects, leading a strong team and delivering highest quality installations. I am focussed in expanding my education to broaden my knowledge of the latest technology in our fast paced and ever-changing industry,” Mr Styles said.

NECA Tasmania President, Mr Jim Heerey, said that the judges were impressed with the development of both winning apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their categories is something Tim and Richard should be very proud of,” Mr Heerey said.

“The judges compared the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments from all of the submissions and decided that these two were the best performing apprentices in Tasmania. It is very pleasing to see a mature age apprentice excelling in the industry because it is possible for anyone who is committed to make a great career from the opportunities being an electrician can offer.”

The apprentice awards are also held to recognise the important role employers play in training apprentices.

“It is important to remember that it is not only the apprentices and training institutions working to build skills in our industry.

“Many businesses like Tastec, Nyrstar and Degree C engage apprentices and provide them with the support and opportunities they need to develop the practical component of their trade. Without the assistance of the business community, apprentices would not get the on-the-job training that is so important to the electrical and communications industry,” Mr Heerey said.


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