Thursday, August 1st, 2013 - KNX National Group
Five electrical apprentices, who 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 on Wednesday night (31 July 2013) at Crown Melbourne.

The 2013 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent of the top apprentices across two industry sectors.

The Honourable Peter Hall, Minister for Higher Education and Skills was the special guest speaker for the evening and he presented the awards to the winning apprentices.

Steven Granger from Shepparton, was judged the best apprentice in the Commercial and Domestic Category.  The fourth year apprentice excelled during his studies at Go TAFE and during on-the-job training in commercial and industrial work with PA & WM Reilly Electrical Contractors, Shepparton.

“The opportunities within the electrotechnology industry are seemingly endless.  The next step is the completion of my apprenticeship and it will undoubtedly shape my life and career.  Exposure to renewable energy projects has given me an insight into what I believe is one of the biggest shifts in the electrotechnology industry – and this is where I see my future career.”

Christopher Cahill from Highton took the award for second place in the Commercial and Domestic Award.  Mr Cahill is employed by Downer EDI Engineering Electrical and has worked across numerous areas which include Commercial and Industrial construction projects and Downer’s Electrical Service Department .

“I have truly enjoyed the four years of my apprenticeship.  The experience and skills I have attained over this period – thanks to the guidance of my tradespersons and supervisors, have led me to have high expectations of the work I will carry out as a licensed A-grade electrician,” Chris said.

Twenty-five year old Michael Lawton of Oak Park took the third place prize in the Commercial and Domestic Award and is employed by Nilsen (Vic).  Mr Lawton has worked on various Nilsen projects during his apprenticeship.

“I am honoured to represent Nilsen’s for this award and I am grateful to management and other employees who took their time to teach me how to perform tasks correctly and how to look out for your mates and act safe on a construction site”.

Twenty-seven year old Pat Mammone from Pascoe Vale won the Industrial Award and is employed by Nilsen (Vic) Pty Ltd. Mr Mammone has worked on a variety of projects including Crown Conference Centre, Inghams, ETA Water Treatment Plant  and the New Telstra Data Centre Clayton.

The fourth year apprentice who also attended NECA Skills Centre said he was honoured to be working in an industry he enjoys.

“I truly hope to continue working with Nilsen after completing my apprenticeship and look forward to gaining more responsibility on major projects.  I feel as though I have learned so much throughout the four years of my apprenticeship, both on a personal and professional level.  I have l learned to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team (with many different trades on site) but also, have gained the confidence to work autonomously and give others direction if they ask/need it”.

Troy Malthouse of Truganina was second in the Industrial Award.  He is employed by Gforce Employment Solutions and in 2010 was placed with host employer Gordon McKay, working out of their workshop in Williamstown.

“I plan to continue working and upgrading my skills and knowledge throughout my career with an eye on the telecommunications sector and the many changes that will continue to evolve.  I want to pass my skills and knowledge to future apprentices to give them the opportunity and skills that I have been fortunate enough to receive from my family and work colleagues”.

Executive Director of NECA Victoria, Mr Philip Green said the judges were impressed with the development of the winning, second and third placegetter apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something Steven and Pat should be very proud of.”

“Whilst there is only one winner, it must be said that to make the finals in these awards means that they are all winners and in most cases there was only one or two points separating the winner from second and third place,” Mr. Green 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 Victoria.   The apprentice awards are also held to recognise the important role employers play in training apprentices.”

“It is also important to remember that it is not only the apprentices and training institutions working to build skills in our industry.  Many businesses like PA & WM Reilly Electrical Contractors , Nilsen (Vic), Downer and Gordon McKay 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 Green added.


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Ian Richardson – President

P: 02 9888 3081

Philip Green – Executive Director NECA Victoria

P: 03 9645 5533
M: 0412 657 337


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