Local Apprentice Wins Epic Award

Echuca’s own Benjamin Pearson has had an extraordinary fortnight, taking out the inaugural EPIC-ITB Outstanding Final Year Electrical Apprentice Award in Melbourne last week and the GOTAFE Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award in Shepparton yesterday.

Mr Pearson recently completed Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811), a four year apprenticeship course designed to prepare students for the Licensed Electricians Assessments.

Employed by The Apprenticeship Factory, Mr Pearson was hosted throughout his Apprenticeship by Completecoms, an Echuca based data and communications contractor, specialising in certified data and voice cabling, electrical services and telephone systems.

GOTAFE Electrotechnology Team Leader Allan McLean nominated Ben for the awards and describes him as high achiever with a desire to learn as much as possible.

“Ben’s employer, work colleagues and customers are unanimous in their praise for his work ethic, ability to think problems through and neat tradesmanship. Ben shows an interest in new technologies and is keen to develop and adopt the knowledge and skills to cope with emerging work practices.”

Mr Pearson completed his secondary education at Moama Anglican Grammar School and then studied an Electrotechnology Pre-Apprenticeship. After being recommended to Mark Watson, the owner of Completecoms by a family friend, Ben commenced his apprenticeship in 2012.

“Ben is an extraordinary student not only because of his ability to achieve excellent results, but also his easy going personality, friendliness, diligence and willingness to get on with the job with a limited need for direction”, said Mr McLean.

Mr Pearson recently sat two Victorian Electrical licensing exams at GOTAFEs Shepparton Campus and received outstanding scores. These results put Ben among the best Electrical students in Victoria.

“Ben’s continued academic success comes from intelligent thinking and an inquiring mind. This allows him to solve problems and research solutions. He shows leadership through good example that helps to keep other members of the class focused and motivated”, explained Mr McLean.

EPIC-ITB, the Electrotechnology, Power Industries and Communications Industry Training Board Executive Officer, Alex Frazer, said they were overwhelmed by the nominations received from training organisations across the state.

”15 awards were presented to students from all areas of the industry including electrical, cable joining, rail signalling and line working as well as refrigeration and air conditioning. The colleges were asked to nominate their most outstanding students, because they know them, they have watched them learn and grow throughout their apprenticeships, said Mr Frazer.

“We have been amazed at the uptake of these awards from the industry. Each student received $1,300 worth of tools and equipment to assist them with their career. All of the prizes were donated from our industry partners – they have really got on board.”

”We have been knocked off our seat! Almost every training organisation in Victoria participated, and it’s only going to get bigger and better.”

”The support from GOTAFE and in particular Allan McLean has been fantastic”, said Mr Frazer.

GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their annual Trade Awards last night, Wednesday 9 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by over 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

50 awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices, and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from the Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty, Hospitality, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.