More than half a dozen Otago Polytechnic electrical apprentices are competing in the Dunedin round of the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge on Thursday 23 June.

The winners of the Dunedin event, held at the Otago University Union, qualify for the national finals in Wellington in October.

Staff from Otago Polytechnic’s Electrical programmes attended the event to support the learners and take the opportunity to network with local electrical industry representatives.

The OP tradies included Tyrone Jones, who is currently studying managed apprenticeship night classes and block courses at Otago Polytechnic and is set to graduate and qualify as an electrician in 2023. Tyrone completed his NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory with Otago Polytechnic in 2021. He won the Student of the Year award and has since gained an apprenticeship with Aotea, working in the commercial sector.

Another was Kent Marshall, who graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical Engineering) at the end of 2021 and was successful in gaining employment with Switchbuild through Otago Polytechnic’s industry connections. Kent is now completing a managed apprenticeship with Otago Polytechnic and is hoping to qualify and gain electrical registration by early 2024. Kent has also worked for Otago Polytechnic as a technician over the summer holidays.

Also, Campbell Craig graduated with a NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory in 2021 and is currently completing his managed apprenticeship with Switchbuild. He is aiming to complete his apprenticeship and qualify as an electrician in 2023.

Published on 23 Jun 2022

Orderdate: 23 Jun 2022
Expiry: 23 Jun 2024