Saturday, August 27th, 2011
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 Apprentice of the Year Awards held on Friday night (26 August 2011) at the Hotel Realm.

The 2011 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent of the top apprentices across three industry sectors.

Patrick Murphy, a 23-year-old apprentice from Latham, was judged the best apprentice in the Communications Category. The fourth-year apprentice, employed by Ross Communications and Construction Services excelled in all aspects of his on and off-the-job data and electrical training.

“As I look into the future I am aware of the responsibilities and expectations of being a qualified tradesman and I’m excited about the new opportunities on the horizon. I look forward to taking on more responsibilities within the company and am excited about future projects we may undertake,” Patrick said during the application process.

Lindsay Ross, Patrick’s employer had nothing but praise for the newly judged winner saying “His speed and accuracy is a testament to his dedication in his work, along with his attention to detail and pride in our projects.”

Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Smith from Chisholm won the Commercial and Domestic category. Employed by Network Electrical Solutions, Joshua has been exposed to a wide range of works including domestic and commercial maintenance through to large commercial fit outs.

“Throughout my time at Network I have been privileged enough to work with some of the best and most experienced tradesmen in Canberra.” Joshua said.

The mentoring by these tradesmen has put him in good stead for the upcoming responsibility, as a tradesman of teaching and mentoring new apprentices in their work.

Chief executive officer of NECA ACT, Mr Lindsay Le Compte, said that the judges were impressed with the development of both winning apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something Patrick and Joshua should be very proud of,” Mr Le Compte said.

“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 electrical and communications apprentices in the ACT. It is very pleasing to see these young men make a great career from the opportunities being an electrician can offer.”

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

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

“Many businesses like Ross Communications and Construction Services and Network Electrical Solutions 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 Le Compte said.


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