|Established in 1992, AJS Electrical contracting in Bathurst strives to be an employer of choice for apprentices and tradespeople. |
|Over the years AJS Electrical has been involved in many major industrial and commercial electrical installations across the Central West.|
Owner and Manager Anthony Stockman recognises the benefits of choosing a career in the Electrical trade and is active in promoting these opportunities to young people.
"It’s a very exciting trade which is at the forefront of cutting edge technology. The skills you learn are in demand and can lead to endless opportunities". Mr Stockman said.
Anthony says there is great pay and conditions for good electrical tradespeople. The skills are very transferable, after completing his apprenticeship Anthony himself has worked around Australia as well as the UK and Canada.
"An apprenticeship is unique as it combines formal theoretical learning with practical hands on training in a real work environment. It also allows an opportunity for our tradespeople to pass on their skills."
AJS Electrical employed their first apprentice through Central West Group Apprentices in 1993. Since then the company has taken on a steady stream of new apprentices each and every year. In 2006 AJS Electrical also became a foundation sponsor of the CWGA Try a Trade - Skills to Schools Roadshow.
"There is a worsening skills shortage in our industry. Partnering with Central West Group Apprentices allows us to promote, recruit, train and support our future workforce in a positive way."
With their commitment to training and excellence, AJS Electrical Apprentices have been recognised as amongst the best in the world at WorldSkills competitions.
WorldSkills is known as the "Trade Olympics" which allows apprentices to compete against each other in their chosen trade. The competitions are held at a regional, national and international level.
In 2007, AJS Apprentice John Rudge represented Australia at the International WorldSkills competition in Japan and won an outstanding Silver Medal. In 2008 AJS Apprentice Gavin Press won the Gold medal at the Australian WorldSkills competition.
"Achieving success at WorldSkills competitions is a great accomplishment. It allows apprentices to have their skills and talents acknowledged. It also reflects on the high quality of training provided by TAFE and tradespeople in the area." Mr Stockman said.
AJS Electrical won the 2008 Group Training Association of NSW Host Employer of the Year Award and went on to win the 2008 Australian Host Employer of the Year Award at the Group Training Australia National Awards held in Cairns.