Sunday, September 9th, 2012 - NECA
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 ACT Apprentice of the Year Awards held on Friday night (24 August 2012) at Hotel Realm, Barton.

The Awards provide an opportunity for the electrical and communications industry to officially recognise the talents of the top apprentices across two industry sectors in ACT, with the winners, John Evans and James Stone, having the opportunity to progress to the national NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards in November.

Twenty-seven-year-old John Evans, from Ainslie, was named ACT Apprentice of the Year in the Commercial/Domestic category. He completed his pre-apprenticeship course at Electro Skills Group Training and successfully obtained an apprenticeship with Electro Group Training in 2009. His host company is Network Electrical Services.

John’s host company says that he has earned the respect of all the trades people he has worked with and has a great future in the industry. The judges praised his great industry knowledge.

“Throughout my apprenticeship working with Network Electrical Services I have been privileged enough to work with some of the best and most experienced tradesmen in Canberra,” said John.

“Now as a senior apprentice I enjoy the responsibility of mentoring younger apprentices and giving them the chance to learn, as my tradesmen allowed me.”

James Stone, aged 30 from Rivett, was judged to be the best apprentice in the Industrial category. He is employed by NECA Group Training and has been hosted by a number of companies. The judges said that James showed confidence along with experience.

“I have been fortunate enough to now have worked across several of the main disciplines inside the electrical industry,” said James.

“I have spent two years with Innovative Electrical Solutions doing mechanical electrical work, six months with Pathways Communications and another six months with Fredon doing data and communications work. Currently I’m working with KLM doing light and power.

“The experience gained across all of these separate disciplines is invaluable and I’m grateful to all who have contributed to my training.”

NECA ACT Executive Director Oliver Judd said the judges were impressed with the development of the winning apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something John and James should be very proud of,” said Oliver.

“The judges compared the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments from all of the submissions and decided that these two are the best performing apprentices in ACT.”

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

“It’s important to remember that it’s not only the apprentices and training institutions like Electro and NECA Group Training working to build skills in our industry,” said Oliver.

“Many businesses, like Network Electrical Services, Innovative Electrical Services, Pathways Communications, Fredon and KLM, 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 for the future of our electrical and communications industry.”


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