DOUBLEVIEW electrician Jared Stone took home the top prize of Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Training Awards last month.
The 26-year-old said he was excited to be an ambassador for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
“Over the next 12 months and beyond, I’m really hoping to have an impact as a national ambassador and also to go into schools and let young people know that’s its OK not to want to go to uni and there are options available for you as a career,” Mr Stone said.
Mr Stone said his passion for all things electrical was sparked by a love of producing and recording music.
“I was studying a Certificate III in technical music production and became fascinated with all the electrical components – the leads, the converters and the mixing desks and how that fed into the computer – so when the opportunity came to do my apprenticeship in electro-technology I was pretty enthused about it,” he said.
“I really fell in love with it when I was doing my apprenticeship. My eyes were opened to the world of what’s out there in the electrical industry.”
Mr Stone said he was focused on changing attitudes towards mental health in the industrial sector.
“It is really concerning because there is this culture in the industrial sector that as soon as you step into high-vision gear and pick up a set of tools you’re expected to be stone faced and let nothing get to you; you’re an impenetrable fortress,” he said.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the judges were impressed with Mr Stone’s passion and approach to his work.
“It was inspiring to see so many West Australian finalists competing at a national level and showcasing the exceptional talent the State’s training sector has to offer,” Mrs Harvey said.
WA had 10 individuals and companies representing the State at this year’s awards.