WEL Networks electrical apprentice, Narelle Phillips, has won the industry’s top award for trainees across New Zealand.
Members of the electricity and telecommunications industry gathered in Hamilton recently for the Connexis Annual Connection Excellence Awards where Narelle won Distribution Trainee of the Year and Overall Trainee of the Year for the Energy and Telecommunications industries.
WEL Networks field delivery manager, Mark Keller says Narelle’s win is just reward for her efforts.
“Since Narelle joined WEL two years ago she has shown genuine interest and commitment to being a valuable member of our team and the industry.
“She has demonstrated leadership in health and safety, a willingness to learn, a willingness to share her knowledge with junior staff and has been a willing team member and not a spectator.
“Narelle is a fantastic role model for all women considering a career in trades, especially in the electrical supply industry.”
Chief executive Peter Benfell for Connexis, the Industry Training Organisation which hosts the event, says the awards celebrate the achievements of the best talent in the industry that keeps New Zealand powered and connected.
“The trainees recognised are rising stars and will be the future leaders in our industry. They’ve all shown great commitment to their chosen career path, having a great attitude to work and education as they progress through their industry qualifications and it’s fantastic to be able to reward them for that.
“The same goes for the top trainers. These are the men and women who are investing their time in growing the next generation and ensuring this vital industry is well served with skilled staff as it continues to grow and develop with new technologies and challenges.”