Over three days in May, twelve young finalists were kept busy participating in the Master Electricians Challenge final (apprentice of the year 2015). They each completed five two-hour competition modules in their respective sector which was either; domestic/commercial or industrial and took part in some great team bonding activities as well. Throughout the challenge, they each utilised recently learned apprenticeship skills – and really pushed themselves to the limit.
Based at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton, as part of the Waikato Electrical Trade Show, many of the finalists had family and employers visiting and supporting. It was all wrapped up on Thursday evening with a formal dinner to announce and celebrate the winners.
Marley was one of their key sponsors, providing the product and insight for the Marley competition module. This module involved each competitor to carefully select the correct type of conduit when installing cables; underground, above ground and on a rooftop resulting in exposure to UV rays.
24 year old Joseph Morris who is employed by Russells Electrical in Waipukurau and trained by EIT, was the winner of the domestic/commercial category. And 22 year old Rahul Babu, employed and trained by etco* and works for Dalton Electrical Co Ltd in Auckland was the winner of the industrial category.
Our Marley territory manager Stephen Law attended and gave a great presentation on the rules and regulations relating to conduit when it is being installed underground.