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O'Donnell Griffin apprentice wins prestigious awards


James Pitts, of O’Donnell Griffin, has won both Industrial Apprentice of the Year in the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Apprentice Awards in Victoria, as well as NECA’s inaugural overall state Apprentice of the Year award.

This overall award, given for the first time in 2010, is given to one of the three winning apprentices from the industrial, commercial and communication categories.

The prestigious industry awards were held at a cocktail party at Crown on Wednesday the 7th of July where the best of Victoria’s talented and committed young workers in the electrotechnology industry were recognised.

“I was very pleased with the award and I think it’s a good accolade to use to further my career in the future,” says James.

“I chose the industry and trade due to the problem solving and the mathematics involved. It’s a thinker’s trade, working in the electrical industry.”

James also said he was “absolutely pleased to be working with O’Donnell Griffin and I feel thankful for the opportunities provided.”

Melbourne-based James completes his fourth year next January and went straight from VCE to his apprenticeship.

The awards are open to fourth year apprentices, who have completed their TAFE or other RTO training or any recently graduated apprentices, who have excelled in any area of their training.

The awards acknowledge achievement in personal development, effort, academic attainment and workplace competency. James will be representing Victoria in the National Apprentice of Year Awards that take place in Sydney in November.

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