John Rist is the official winner of the 2006 NECA/NHP Apprentice of the year Award.
NHP is supports NECA via the apprentice of the year program. Of the 25 applicants for the 2006 NECA / NHP industrial category, five finalists were chosen to be put through their paces at NHP’s - National Distribution and Manufacturing Centre, Laverton, Melbourne on October 24th.
John Rist (Vic), Tim Maguire (NSW), Simon Fenwicke (WA), Glenn Hamilton (Vic), Nick Dobrzynski (SA) all competed head to head for the honour of being named the NECA / NHP Industrial Apprentice of the year via a series of three practical exercises (design, wiring and fault finding), followed by a one on one interview with the four judges.
That night NHP hosted the five finalists and many of the young and enthusiastic sales, products and engineering staff to board room drinks and dinner, during which John Rist was announced by NECA as the winner.
Nominated by his boss, this was the first time John had applied for the Award. After growing up in Essendon and completing his schooling at Sunbury College in 2003, John undertook work experience in Quarry and Concrete Plants for CEC Electrical in Sunbury. He is currently completing the third year of a four year apprentice trade school certificate at Kangan Batman TAFE. John’s work experience at CEC Electrical led to full-time employment as an apprentice, undertaking a variety of electrical work that includes working in industrial, commercial, domestic and breakdown services. John is looking to study Electrical Engineering at University and would eventually like to work in consulting and design.
John will now represent all Industrial Apprentices in the finals of the National NECA Apprentice of the year in early November. Ryan Hogan, a year 12 student at Marist College Pagewood, was also awarded the 2006 NECA/NHP Secondary School Student Award.
By sponsoring such initiatives NHP continues to recognise the significant talent young apprentices have in the industrial field as well as understanding the importance of developing their skills that will help them toward their chosen careers in the electrical industry.