Local sparkies scoop award

Tim Tams and coffee may well have given Blayney Electrical Services (BES) the edge, says owner Mike Whitten, after his business scooped the Small Host Company of the Year Award for the Orange region from Skillset on Tuesday.
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The Skillset manager of the Group Apprenticeship Program, Alyssa Bennett, said BES was recognised for its commitment to training local youth.

“They have been recognised for upskilling their workforce,” she said.

BES owner Mike Whitten said: “Skillset employs our apprentice and we host them and try to give a bit extra help so they get through their TAFE studies. I didn’t think we have done anything extra, but the Skillset field officer nominated us.

“For our business, there’s a fair bit of time and effort in behind the scenes stuff with our apprentices’ TAFE e-profiling to record their progress through their course, for example.”

The multi-award winning local business does mainly industrial and commercial electrical services and has taken on four apprentices since it began in 1996.

Tom Berrington, 22, is the current trainee and in the final year of his apprenticeship. Sam Lynch was the previous trainee, completing his apprenticeship last November.

Mr Berrington said: “It’s been really good working for Mike because I’ve gained a lot in terms of friendship, a bit of respect, I’m always learning and I have fun while learning.

“Mike shows a lot of care with his apprentices,” he said.

BES will be in the running for the regional title award to be announced at Skillset’s Training Awards ceremony in July.

Skillset used to be called Central West Group Apprentices and is one of Australia’s largest group training organisations.

It was set up in 1982 as a non profit company limited by guarantee owned on behalf of the community by chambers of commerces and councils in western NSW.

Blayney Electrical Services owner Mike Whitten with his award and apprentice Tom Berrington.

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