When it comes to recognising and rewarding outstanding talent in the electrical field, Master Electricians Australia has you covered. Held at Brisbane Town Hall on Saturday 18 November, MEA’s National Excellence Awards housed some of Australia’s brightest upcoming stars within the industry.
Legrand’s Apprentice of Year was announced by our General Manager of Trade Sales, Peter Ashurst, who awarded this year’s winner; Harley-Joe Williams.
Completing an apprenticeship in the field of Electrotechnology, Harley combined his previous experience in computer programming to find new and innovative ways to build and retrofit smart homes that have a carbon neutral footprint.
He found a love for the electrical field during the 2011 floods, where he helped re-energise flood-affected areas and bring the community back to safety.
We were proud to present Harley with our Apprentice of the Year award for his innovative ideas, dedication to help others, concern for the environment and overall work ethos.
“It fills me with pride and honour to have won the award, as I have put so much time and hard work into learning my trade since the start of my apprenticeship and I have a real passion for the industry,” says Harley.
Harley will be flown to Sydney for a ‘Study Tour’ at Legrand’s Sydney Headquarters. The package also includes:
· accommodation nestled in the heart of Sydney,
· a Sydney Harbour cruise for two, and
· an exclusive factory tour, filled with a ‘behind–the–scenes’ experience; seeing research, development and product development techniques.
“The study tour is something I am very excited for as I love to learn and see new things and I believe this is going to be a great opportunity for both,” he says.
“I hope to take a heightened understanding of the gear and products I use in the field as well as forming new relationships in the industry.”
As well as his interest in digital infrastructures and the effective use of energy, Harley hopes to one day hold a prominent position in helping to shape the future of the industry. We’re honoured to be a part of his journey and hope this well-deserved prize helps to kick-start his career ambitions.
Congratulations, Harley-Joe Williams – we’ll see you soon!