WA Apprentice of the Year: Wembley Downs sparky powers up rewards


Brendan Carlson receives his award from Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey.
Brendan Carlson receives his award from Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey.

WEMBLEY Downs resident Brendan Carlson was named WA Apprentice of the Year at the WA Training Awards last week.

Mr Carlson, who received his award from Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey, was among 12 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists.

Mrs Harvey said the judges were impressed with Mr Carlson’s confidence level as well as his knowledge of the industry and the training sector in general.

After serving in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Mr Carlson followed in his father’s footsteps and focused his attention on an electrical trade.

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He then gained work as a fly-in, fly-out trades assistant for an electrical company, which gave him experience in the industry and led to an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship.

He is now in the final stages of his qualification.

Mr Carlson said he was confident that leaving the life he knew to pursue a different career was the right choice.

“My electrical apprenticeship has provided me with various unique and valuable experiences,” he said.

“Coupled with the quality training I have received, it has given me the skills and knowledge needed to become a valuable and effective tradesperson in the oil and gas industry.”

Winners of this year’s awards will each receive $5000 in cash or prizes.

Winners may also be eligible to compete in the Australian Training Awards in Darwin in November.