A shock to an electrician may not always be a good thing however this was not the case for local electrician Mark Redfern.
The Wellington Council employee was surprised to find out he had been named the 2012 Skillset Orana Area Apprentice of the Year.
Mr Redfern received his award, along with other winners in Dubbo, last month and said he was honoured to take out the title.
“I finished my apprenticeship mid-way through last year, so this was really the icing on top of the cake,” he said.
The local lad has been working with Wellington Council for the past four-and-a-half years and was initially apprenticed under his older brother Will.
He said he enjoyed being an electrician because of the
broadness of the
field and the fact that it was always evolving.
“I really enjoyed completing my apprenticeship with the council, there’s plenty of variety and you get to undertake a lot of tasks that you may not get to do anywhere else.
“It’s good to know that all the work has now paid off and I now have a secure job at the end with plenty of opportunities ahead.”
Mr Redfern, along with other winners from the Orana area, will now go on to compete at a regional level at Skillset’s award presentation ceremony to be held at Bathurst.
Wellington Council general manager Michael Tolhurst said Mr Redfern was a respected staff member at council and wished him luck at Bathurst.
“Mark is a great asset to Wellington Council and has proven to be a self-motivated person who shows the positive outcomes from a solid work ethic,” he said.“He is a credit to himself, his family and the Wellington community.
“I wish him well at the Skillset regional level competition and into the future with his career.”