Australia’s peak electrical industry association, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA ) recognised five electrical apprentices at the annual Apprentice of the Year Awards held recently at Crown Melbourne.
The 2013 NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent of top apprentices across two industry sectors, who demonstrate consistent levels of excellence throughout their training.
The Honourable Peter Hall, Minister for Higher Education and Skills was the special guest speaker for the evening and presented the awards to the winning apprentices.
Winners included Steven Granger, Christopher Cahill, Michael Lawton, Pat Mammone and Troy Malthouse.
Steven Granger from Shepparton was judged the best apprentice in the Commercial and Domestic Category. The fourth year apprentice excelled in his studies at Go TAFE, and also during on-the-job training in commercial and industrial work with PA & WM Reilly Electrical Contractors, Shepparton.
Christopher Cahill from Highton took the award for second place in the Commercial and Domestic Award. Mr Cahill is employed by Downer EDI Engineering Electrical and has worked across numerous areas including commercial and industrial construction projects and Downer’s Electrical Service Department.
Twenty-five-year-old Michael Lawton of Oak Park took the third place prize in the Commercial and Domestic Award. Employed by Nilsen (Vic), Mr Lawton worked on various Nilsen projects during his apprenticeship.
Twenty-seven-year-old Pat Mammone from Pascoe Vale won the Industrial Award and is employed by Nilsen (Vic) Pty Ltd. Mr Mammone has worked on a variety of projects including Crown Conference Centre, Inghams, ETA Water Treatment Plant and the New Telstra Data Centre Clayton. The fourth year apprentice who also attended NECA Skills Centre said he was honoured to be working in an industry he enjoys.
Troy Malthouse of Truganina was second in the Industrial Award. He is employed by Gforce Employment Solutions and in 2010 was placed with host employer Gordon McKay, working out of their workshop in Williamstown.
Executive Director of NECA Victoria, Mr Philip Green said the judges were impressed with the development of the winning apprentices. He added that the apprentice awards also recognised the important role played by employers in training apprentices.
Many businesses such as PA & WM Reilly Electrical Contractors , Nilsen (Vic), Downer and Gordon McKay engage apprentices and provide them with the support and opportunities they need to develop the practical component of their trade. Mr Green observed that 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.