Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Three electrical apprentices who 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 New South Wales Apprentice of the Year Awards held on Friday 6 September 2013 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

The Awards provide an opportunity for the electrical and communications industry to officially recognise the talent of the top apprentices across three industry sectors in New South Wales, with the three winners Tyson O’Leary, Spiro Wassef and Blake Godwin all going forward to the national NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards in November.

Tyson O’Leary, a 24 year old apprentice from Avalon Beach, is employed by David Jones
Electricians (based in Newtown) and was judged the best apprentice in the Commercial/
Domestic category.   Tyson completed his apprenticeship in February and has proven to
become an exceptional electrical and communications industry tradesperson.  Tyson has a wide range of experience in most facets of the industry including service work, repairs and  maintenance, new installations and residential construction with the ability to project manage.

Tyson is well respected by his peers and his clients.

“I am passionate about my chosen trade and find every day provides challenges to expand my knowledge and understanding and the ability to provide the public with solutions to their electrical problems.  My ambitions are to work together with our team to provide safe and efficient electrical services exceeding client’s expectations and expand upon my knowledge and experience within the company.  My long term ambition is to one day own a successful electrical business of my own”, said Tyson.

Spiro Wassef, a 23 year old apprentice from Beverly Hills is employed by NECA Group Training (based in Chullora) and his host employer is Stowe Australia (based in Rydalmere) and was judged the best apprentice in the Communications category.  Spiro has the capability to grasp and understand the works being undertaken, adapting to any situation whether dealing directly with his customers or his manager.  Spiro has proven to be a reliable hard working apprentice with a strong and positive attitude with the ability to learn very quickly.

“The practical experience I have gained working on commercial construction sites has inspired me to pursue a career in the construction industry.  I have completed a number of industry based courses offered by NECA including Project Management and Estimate Electrotechnology Projects.  I have secured a permanent position with Stowe Australia and have enrolled to complete a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Property) degree at University.  I hope to use my experience and this course as a springboard to a career in property development”, said Spiro.

Blake Godwin, a 20 year old apprentice from Glen Alpine is employed by NECA Group Training (based in Chullora) and his host employer is Bass Electrical Engineering (based in Unanderra) and was judged the best apprentice in the Industrial category.

Blake has consistently approached his apprenticeship and training in a professional manner and has excelled in both work performances and TAFE achievements.  Job knowledge, skill levels and persistence at whatever tasks are given to Blake are second to none.

“During my schooling years, I was always “trade minded” which ultimately led me to studying Electronics during high school.  This is really what started me onto my current career path – one that I now love and hope to pursue for a very long time.  I am hoping to complete either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Industrial Electronics and Control.  Ultimately, I am hoping with hard work, continued studies and dedication, I will eventually progress through to a Project Management role of a large company”, said ‘Bake.

NECA New South Wales Executive Director Oliver Judd said the judges were impressed with the development of all three winning apprentices.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something, Tyson, Spiro and Blake should be very proud of,” said Mr Judd.

“The judges compared the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments from all of the submissions and decided that these three are the best performing apprentices in New South Wales.  The apprentice awards are also held to recognise the important role employers play in training apprentices.

“Many businesses, including NECA Group Training, Automated Innovation, Bass Electrical Engineering, David Jones Electricians, Fredon Industries, J & S Brown Electrical, Kerfoot Electrics, Nilsen (NSW), Sims Electrical Services, Stowe Australia and Wiggins Electrical 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,” Mr Judd said.


NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of the electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.  For further information go to

Contact Profile

Ian Richardson – President

P: 02 9888 3081

Oliver Judd - Executive Director NECA NSW

P: 02 9744 1099
M: 0400 134 569


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