Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 - KNX National Group
Three young electricians received the highest accolade from their industry at the South Australian National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Apprentice Awards, held at the prestigious Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday the 27 August 2010.

Working in a unique company that provides safe and environmentally sound air traffic control management and related services to the aviation industry, apprentice Vasilaki Georgiou of Torrensville took out the Communications Apprentice Award and was praised by host employer Airservices Australia based at Adelaide Airport as bringing “an enthusiastic approach to his work, commitment to the job and his skill level.

As well as his work ethic, Vas stands out as he is extremely proactive in the development of the company’s Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) systems procedure of continuous improvement, where he consistently raises issues for consideration and actively participates in the development of achievable solutions in his working environment, Airservices Australia said in its nomination.

Vas is a trainee with PEER VEET (Plumbing, Electrical, Electronic & Refrigeration – Vocation Education, Employment & Training) in Albert Park where this commitment to Occupational Health and Safety was also recognised when he received their Bianco Safety Award for 2009.

Fellow PEER VEET trainee, Liam Casey of South Plympton, displayed genuine ambition and a keen desire to learn from day one of his apprenticeship and has taken a proactive role in his job placement, which now puts him with Tenix Australia based in Regency Park. Liam’s exceptional results along with his self motivation, good communication skills and computer literacy, was key in his selection to join Tenix Australia’s Substation Commissioning Team, which is a highly specialised and complex area of work.

Laurence won the Industrial Apprentice Award for his specialist work in mechanical services and industrial automatic control systems.

Apprentice Matthew Gioffre took the third award of the evening, for his outstanding work in the Commercial and Domestic category. Matthew, of Mile End, is with Deadshort Electrical of Adelaide. Managing director Peter Byrnes praised the apprentice’s responsible nature and leadership ability.

“Matt has confidence, maturity and understanding of his work, his peers and of his future with Deadshort Electrical and the wider community – which we believe to be great attributes,” Mr Byrnes said.

The NECA Apprentice Awards are a national showcase for the next generation of electrotechnology workers and are a celebration of their importance to the future vitality and quality of the profession.

Larry Moore, chief executive officer of NECA South Australia, said, “These young people are a credit to themselves, their companies and their training organisations. It makes me immensely proud to see the high standard of work they are producing and gives me great optimism for the future of our industry.”
State winners are now automatically eligible for the National Awards, which will be announced in Sydney on 24 November 2010.


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