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TasTAFE-trained apprentice, Marek Porter, has won a national award for electrotechnology apprentices.

Marek (pictured with wife Tiffany) was named winner of the Apprentice Industrial category at the NECA National apprentice awards, announced in Brisbane on 21 November. He is employed by NECA Education and Careers at host employer RBD Electrical and Instrumentation.

Marek was a wood machinist and joiner, who at the age of 35, decided to follow a passion for the industrial electrical industry and enrolled in a Certificate III in Electrotechnology at TasTAFE.

Marek’s work at RBD Electrical and Instrumentation has allowed him to work across a number of different industrial sites including for Hydro Tasmania, Simplot Australia and TasWater and he has received outstanding support from both NECA Education and Careers and RBD Electrical and Instrumentation.

The winners of the NECA National apprentice awards this year – Marek Porter (Tas), Alexander Morisset (SA) and Steven Thomas were selected from a highly competitive field of nine exceptional State Apprentice Award winners from across Australia.

“Judging the Apprentice Awards is not easy given the calibre of entrants from across the country,” said Suresh Manickam, CEO NECA.

“Well trained, quality apprentices are the future of our industry. It is encouraging to see the innovation and technical excellence demonstrated by these young, vibrant individuals. The demand for electrical skills is only going to increase as we become more reliant on technology,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be a part of an industry on the cutting edge of evolving technologies such as battery storage and renewables, IoT and automation.”

Marek was also a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category at the Australian Training Awards.  Congratulations Marek!

Electrotechnology apprentice wins national award