Sunday, November 7th, 2010 - KNX National Group

Some of Western Australia’s best electrical apprentices were recognised on Friday night 5 November 2010 at the Annual Electrical Group Training (EGT) Apprentice of the Year Awards.

This year’s event was held at the Burswood on Swan function centre for the second year running and a fantastic night was had by all at this prestigious industry event as EGT’s highest performing electrical apprentices from 1st year through to 4th year were acknowledged.

The Honourable Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development, Mr Peter Collier opened the evening in front of 250 industry representatives including contractors, industry business partners, educators, NECA WA Group staff and Government representatives.

Stuart Diepeveen, EGT General Manager said “I am very pleased with the standard and number of nominees for the EGT awards this year. Our 14 medallists represent the top 2% of our apprentices and I have no doubt they are destined for greatness upon completion of their apprenticeships. I am very proud of all the nominees and am thankful to our host employers and staff for the training and support that they provide to these our future tradespeople”

The winning apprentices and their host employers are listed below:

1st Year EGT Apprentice of the Year:

Gold Medal: Jarred Curnow (Host Employer: Vision Cabling Systems)
Silver Medal: Michael Honeybone (Host Employer: Fredon Industries)
Bronze Medal: Lewis Condo (Host Employer: Kewtech Electrical)

2nd Year EGT Apprentice of the Year:

Gold Medal: Simon Sheehan (Host Employer: Auriemma Electrical Services)
Silver Medal: Geovanni Velasques Rojas (Host Employer: Greenco Electrical & Communication Services)
Bronze Medal: Luke Otwinowski (Host Employer: Cable 8 Electrical Communications)

3rd Year EGT Apprentice of the Year:

Gold Medal: Stuart Voss (Host Employer: SEME Electrical)
Silver Medal: James Russell (Host Employer KLM Group Limited)
Bronze Medal: Ali Pepper (Host Employer: The Water Corporation)

4th Year EGT Apprentice of the Year:

Gold Medal: Ian McLaughlin (Host Employer: Team Electrical Services)
Silver Medal: Matthew Bamborough (Host Employer: I-Power Solutions)
Bronze Medal: Pav Kuvekalovic (Host Employer: Downer EDI)

Excellence in Training Award – sponsored by the Construction Training Fund:

Winner: Emma Jane Potter (Host Employer: Downer EDI)

Safety Achievement Award – sponsored by Western Power:

Winner: Amy Nicholls (Host Employer: Greenco Electrical & Communication Services)

About Electrical Group Training
Electrical Group Training (EGT) is an integral part of the NECA WA Group, which consists of the National Electrical and Communications Association – WA Chapter (NECA WA), the College of Electrical Training (CET), and Electrical Group Training (EGT).

EGT was created over 22 years ago to meet the growing demand for quality trained apprentices and a skilled workforce for the electrical and communications industry in Western Australia. EGT’s aim was to increase apprentice numbers and to improve the quality of training for our industry – looking forward at a time when other institutions were more inwardly focused.

In the last few years EGT has doubled its apprentice numbers, and is in the process of adding a further 300 new electrical apprentices during the 2010/11 financial year, consolidating its position as the largest employer of electrical apprentices in Australia. They also currently have over 400 host employers on their books training a total of more than 720 apprentices for the industry.

EGT continues to drive a culture of safety across the organisation, and has recently won the Worksafe Plan Gold Certificate of Achievement from the Department of Commerce. Apprentice safety while training at EGT will always be paramount.

EGT has also recently won the IFAP/CGU Gold Safe Way Achiever Award for the second year running, and are now well on their way to the Platinum Award target (Gold 5 years running).

Anyone considering an electrical apprenticeship should contact EGT to discuss options.

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