City apprentices compete

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FOUR electrical apprentices squared off on Monday in the Southland heats of the 2016 Master Electricians Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition.
Now in its 15th year, the competition is organised by the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (Ecanz).
The competitors had four hours to complete four specialised tasks, including designing a programmable logic controller to run a pump and configuring a state-of-the-art safety relay switch for a factory automation system.
‘‘They have to show a good cross section of skills based around the stuff
<Winner: EIS Group final year
apprentice Kath Roy, the winner of
the Southland heats of the 2016
Master Electricians Electrical
Apprentice of the Year Competition.
they would be doing in their normal working lives,’’ Ecanz operations manager Bernie McLaughlin, of Wellington, said.
He watched the Southland heats, held at the EIS Group headquarters in Onslow St.
There are two categories in the competition, commercial/domestic and industrial. All Southland competitors — winner Kath Roy (employed by EIS Group, Invercargill), Oren Gibb (Fonterra), Joe Warburton (EIS), and Lee Pemberton (Alliance Group) — were in the industrial category, he said.
The top five place-getters nationwide in each category would progress to the finals, being held in October as part of the Ecanz national conference.
Ms Roy was one of only a handful of women competitors this year, he said.
‘‘Only about 7% of the electrical workforce in New Zealand is female.’’

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