Sunday, August 5th, 2012
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 Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year Awards held on Saturday night (4 August 2012) at Tattersalls Park, Glenorchy.

The Awards provide an opportunity for the electrical and communications industry to officially recognise the talents of the top apprentices across two industry sectors in Tasmania, with the winners, Owen O’Driscoll and Christopher Lawes, going forward to the national NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards in November.

Fourty-six-year-old Owen O’Driscoll, from Lindisfarne, was named Tasmania Apprentice of the Year in the Commercial Domestic category. He started his apprenticeship as a mature age student after spending many years in hospitality. Owen was employed by Tastec Group Training and his host employer was BJ Banks Electrical in Hobart.

Owen’s positive attitude and natural ability to adapt to any situation has made him a valued member of his workplace and he has shown many leadership qualities that will help him take his career in the electrical field to different levels.

‘I thoroughly enjoy my work in the electrical industry and I’m looking forward to gaining more skills in the project management and estimating area of the industry,” said Owen.

Christopher Lawes, aged 22 from Taroona, was judged to be the best apprentice in the Industrial category. He was also employed by Tastec Group Training and his host employer was Nystar Hobart.

Christopher completed a dual trade certificate in Electrotechnology and also Instrumentation and Control in a four year period and always strives to increase his knowledge through the workplace and extra-curricular training. His commitment to his training and work challenges has proved to be invaluable in the workplace and he is looking to do further studies to help him in his career.

“I have a true passion for my chosen career and like to share that passion with others. I’m committed to providing the best workmanship possible as an industrial electrician,” said Chris.

NECA Tasmania President Andrew Farr said the judges were impressed with the development of the winning apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something Owen and Christopher should be very proud of,” said Andrew

“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 apprentices in Tasmania.”

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

“It’s important to remember that it’s not only the apprentices and training institutions like Tastec Group Training working to build skills in our industry,” said Andrew.

“Many businesses, like BJ Banks Electrical and Nystar Hobart, 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 for the future of our electrical and communications industry.”


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