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Delta electrician wins *etco Apprentice of the Year

Delta electrician wins *etco Apprentice of the Year

From left, Sam Webster (World and Commonwealth Games cyclist), *etco Apprentice of the Year for 2014 James Walton (Delta) and Steve Hallett (*etco Board Chair)

Up-and-coming Delta electrician, James Walton, was awarded the title of *etco Apprentice of the Year for 2014 at an awards ceremony in Auckland last week.

James, who is based in Nelson, received the nomination from his *etco coordinator, Victor Ostapowicz and is currently training to become a technician with Delta.

Delta general manager energy and communication, Kewal Bagal, says that the Tasman team have had a watchful eye on James, before taking him on for employment just over three weeks ago.

"James participated in the *etco training programme, which employs young apprentices to equip themselves for the working world. Through this opportunity with *etco, we approached James knowing his potential. We are very proud to have him on-board as part of the team and he can be extremely pleased with the results from last week’s awards ceremony," says Kewal.

The *etco Apprentice of the Year competition involved specific criteria to be met including exam results, employers’ feedback, polytechnic attendance and an interview with *etco board members.

James now plans to become a power system technician with Delta and is currently a night school *etco tutor at the local polytechnic for level two electrical students.

In his spare time, James enjoys camping, going on bush walks and letting his creative flair flow by building things at home in his garage.

Note: etco* provides employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand and is a subsidiary of ECANZ, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of New Zealand.