Saturday, November 27th, 2010 - KNX National Group
The best of Australia’s talented and committed young workers in the electrotechnology industry were recognised at the annual Apprentice of the Year Awards hosted by peak electrical industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Liam Casey, a 27-year-old South Plympton resident, was named the Australian Apprentice of the Year in the Industrial category in front of over 200 industry representatives including electrical contractors, educators and government representatives at the annual gala event for the electrical and communications industry at Doltone House in Sydney on Wednesday night 24 November 2010.

The 2010 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent and contribution of apprentices to the electrotechnology industry in Australia.

Mr Casey said he was honoured to be named the Apprentice of the Year in the Commercial and Domestic Award category and looks forward to a bright future in the electrical industry.

“I’m very pleased to win the Apprentice of the Year award. I’ve worked hard learning on and off the job site and thoroughly enjoyed my time so far in the electrical industry,“ Mr Casey said.

“I’d like to thank my wife Tara and my parents for their support throughout my training and I’m looking forward to having a long and fulfilling career.”

“I must recognise the contribution of Craig Mitchell from PEER VEET and John Waterman from TENIX Australia for the opportunities they have provided for me. Without business like these it would be hard for apprentices to get the hands-on training we need to succeed in our trade.”

NECA chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said that the judges were impressed with Mr Casey’s development and found him to be the best performing apprentice in Australia.

“Liam should be very proud of the fact he has been judged the best electrical apprentice in Australia. The competition was very strong this year and it is very encouraging to see such high calibre apprentices entering the industry,” Mr Tinslay said.

“Australia has a great apprenticeship system where classroom learning is matched with on-the-job training and Liam has excelled in both areas. I’m pleased the South Australian electrical apprentice of the year has gone on to win the national award.”

Mr Casey attended PEER VEET where he enrolled in a Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician) course.

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

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

“Many businesses like Mr Casey’s employer, PEER VEET and host TENIX Australia, engage apprentices giving them the guidance and opportunities required to complete their trade. Without the assistance of businesses in our industry, apprentices would not get the on-the-job training that is so important,” Mr Tinslay said.

NECA has a long standing commitment to training and currently owns or co-owns group training companies that employ of 2000 apprentices nation-wide.


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