Two young locals have scored good jobs as part of Top Energy’s local trainee programme. Brad Patrick (21) from Kaitaia and Shane Wilson (19) from Kaikohe were appointed as apprentice electricians in April and will spend the next five or six years mastering their trade before qualifying as electricians and line mechanics.

The two trainees underwent a rigorous selection process involving 20 short-listed applicants. Along with passing numeracy, literacy and safety tests they had to demonstrate strong technical aptitude and good team work and customer service skills.

Top Energy’s trainee programme is geared towards helping local youths develop skills and work towards gaining a qualification.

The training combines on-the-job mentoring with external training through ETCO (Electricity Training Company). Apprentices need to commit personal time to attend night school once a week and undertake assessments.

Once Wilson and Patrick complete their apprenticeship they will work towards their line mechanic ticket, again combining on-the-job training with external learning. All up, the training will take between five and six years and they will emerge with dual electrician and line mechanic qualifications.

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Two young locals have scored good jobs as part of Top Energy’s local trainee programme. Brad Patrick (left) from Kaitaia and Shane Wilson from Kaikohe were appointed as apprentice electricians in April and will spend the next five or six years mastering their trade before qualifying as electricians and line mechanics.

Wilson and Patrick join two other trainees now working at Top Energy. Sabrina Thomas joined the company as a qualified electrician and is now training as a line mechanic. She is set to become the company’s first female electrician and line mechanic.

Vincent Joyce, who first joined Top Energy as a labourer and truck driver has also been selected by Top Energy to train as a line mechanic.

The trainees have signed training agreements with ESITO (Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation) which, along with Top Energy, will support the trainees through their programme.

“All four are benefitting from ongoing employment while working towards a qualification that is recognised throughout the industry, both nationally and internationally,” said Russell Shaw, Top Energy’s CEO.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to help local young folk like these to develop their skills and to learn a trade that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. It’s just part of our ongoing commitment to the development of opportunities for the young people of the Far North.”

 

 

For more information please contact:

Peter Heath

peter.heath@topenergy.co.nz / 09-4074695 / 021-456353

or

Belinda Peddie, Top Energy

belinda.peddie@topenergy.co.nz / 09-4070603.