Apprentice of the Year

August 27, 2013 in News

Apprentice of the year 2012!


The nominated electrical apprentices that demonstrated consistent levels of excellence throughout their training were recognised by Australiaa��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 7 September at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

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

a�?The judges compared the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments from all of the submissions and decided that these three winners were the best performing apprentices in New South Wales. Ita��s great to see mature age apprentices excelling in the industry showing that ita��s possible for anyone who is committed to make a good start on their electrical career regardless of age.a�?

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

a�?Ita��s important to remember that ita��s not only the apprentices and training institutions working to build skills in our industry,a�? said Oliver.

a�?Many businesses, including NECA Group Training, Austest Electrical Group, Barnwell Cambridge, Bass Electrical Engineering, Bonn Electrics, DESA Australia, Electrical Data Voice Installations, Eris McCarthy, Fredon Industries, R W Palmer Electrical Service, Ryan Wilks, Stowe Australia and TN Electrical, engage apprentices and provide them with the support and opportunities they need to develop the practical component of their trade.

a�?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.a�?

a�?To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something you should be very proud of,a�? said Oliver.

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 Nick Mundey, Yoel Meinrath and Rick McNeice, having the opportunity to progress to the national NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards. We wish them every success.

NECA would like to thank all employers who nominated their apprentices this year and for the continued support of the Association.

The Industrial apprentice winners were:

  • 1st Place a�� Rick McNeice
  • 2nd Place a�� Luke Weedon
  • 3rd Place a��Jarrod Galvin


And the Industrial apprentice nominees were:

  • Jarrod Galvin a�� NECA Group Training and hosted by TN Electrical Pty Ltd
  • Rick McNeice – NECA Group Training and hosted by Bass Electrical Engineering
  • Nathan Sullivan – NECA Group Training and hosted by Stowe Australia Pty Ltd
  • Luke Weedon a�� Austest Electrical Group

l to r Michael Ward (Managing Director Austest Electrical Group), Luke Weedon (Austest Electrical group) and Alan Brown (NECA NSW President)

Austest_Michael Ward (Luke Weedon) 3

Luke Weedon, a 30-year-old apprentice from Stockton, is employed by Austest Electrical Group Pty Ltd.

a�?Fault finding, repairing and building complex machines is a rewarding part of my job, I enjoy that my work takes me to a variety of locations and a great diversity of tasks. I would like to continue to gain experience and training in industrial automation and energy efficiency technologies. I am interested in developing skills in renewable energy and I look forward to the challenges that the need to reduce our energy consumption will bring to the electrical sector,a�? said Luke.

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