Sunday, August 12th, 2012
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 night (10 August).

Apprentice Chris Marciniak of Cheltenham took out the Electrical – Commercial / Domestic Apprentice Award and was praised by host employer Pacific Services Group based at Klemzig.

“Chris brings enthusiasm and dedication to his job with a real thirst for responsibility which has seen him make a seamless transition from apprentice to a valued service technician,” said Ian Thurston, Service Supervisor at PSG.

As well as his work ethic, Chris stands out as he is extremely proactive in the development of his skills set and his thirst for knowledge that ensures he has a well-rounded set of skills to apply to his trade, Pacific Services Group said in its nomination. This is reflected in the additional training completed in his own time including, Solar, Split Systems and Small Business Management, in addition to a Tendering and Contracting course that he is still completing.

Chris is an apprentice with PEER VEET (Plumbing, Electrical, Electronic & Refrigeration – Vocation Education, Employment & Training) in Albert Park where he has received an Encouragement Award and more recently, he won the PEER Most Outstanding Electrical Apprentice for 2011. He was also selected as a member of the PEER leadership Group, a forum that brings together current aspiring apprentices with past PEER apprentices that are high achievers in Industry.

Fellow PEER VEET trainee, Dwayne Eckert of Plympton won the Communications Award. “He brings the right attitude to work each day which makes him a valuable employee,” said host employer Integrated Cabling Solutions of Adelaide.

Dwayne was an integral part of the team who completed work on the new Youth Training Centre at Cavan, where he has shown the leadership that you would expect from a seasoned tradesman said Integrated Cabling Solutions. “No job is too much for Dwayne to have a go at and he always aims for a high standard upon completion,” said Andrew Jarratt, leading hand at ICS.

Apprentice Adam Lawrie took the third award of the evening, for his outstanding work in the Electrical Industrial category. Adam, of Trott Park, is with Rawson’s Electrical of Plympton. Automation Division Manager, Wayne Frost praised the apprentice’s reputation for producing high quality work as well as his can-do attitude.

“He is a fast learner and is keen to learn about new concepts and technologies whilst maintaining a healthy sense of caution so as to keep the installation and fellow workers safe,” Mr Frost 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, Executive Director 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 Brisbane on 28 November 2012.


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National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)

NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
Donna Beech - Marketing Manager, NECA South Australia
P: 08 8272 2966
M: 0402 384 999


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