Fourth year electrical apprentice Stephanie Hall has won the Apprentice Employment Network (AEN) WA Apprentice of the Year Award 2019 from an impressive list of finalists at an awards ceremony at Burswood on Swan.
Stephanie is making impressive inroads in her new industry already and her win is a reflection of the effort she has invested in her own career as well as the collaborative efforts of the Directions team and host employers Peak Industrial Electrical and more recently, Everett Smith & Co.
“I have purposely changed companies during my apprenticeship to become well rounded and gain a broader experience across as many fields as possible in the electrical industry to allow me to have a clearer more educated idea of the avenue I wish to pursue once I am qualified.”
“The more technical aspects of the industry interest me and in my own time, on top of the electrical apprenticeship, I have completed a Certificate 4 in Electrical Instrumentation to help me get into the programming side of things and keep up to date with the new technology being used on industrial electrical sites.”
Stephanie joined the Directions team in the second half of her apprenticeship and has now experienced apprenticeship training both as a directly indentured apprentice and as a group training apprentice.
“I see the benefits group training has in terms of gaining as much experience as possible during your apprenticeship or traineeship, the option to move sites and companies is more attainable. It is also invaluable having a mentor, support or just someone that’s on your side and truly wants to see you succeed in your training.”
Stephanie is currently working on the Curtin University School of Design and the Built Environment building at the Bentley campus, a five story plus basement construction with a large central courtyard.
“We are currently doing earth works. I’m part of a small electrical team that will increase as the job expands.”
Stephanie, who was previously an architect working on commercial and residential projects, is enjoying the variety of work in her chosen trade.
“I chose to become an electrician because I believe it is the perfect mix for me of mental and physical challenges in an immense field that is ever changing. I can choose to work on the wiring in a submarine or repair washing machines; the options are endless.”
Throughout the term of her apprenticeship Stephanie has certainly worked on a variety of projects.
“I was recently privileged enough to be one of the very few apprentices constructing the new Talison Lithium crushing plant at Greenbushes where I was on the quality assurance and commissioning team, the last line of electrical safety checks before the project gets handed over to the client.
Stephanie has also worked on audiovisual projects which led to maintenance on large electronic advertising screens from Northam to Bunbury, IT work, installing the point of sale systems as well as hardware upgrades and network diagnostics in all WA major shopping centres and at Optus Stadium, to name a few.
“One of my aspirations is to own a successful industrial electrical business and this apprenticeship has given me skills on how to communicate with all levels of management as well as hands on experience.”