Western Power’s Amy Hunt has been named the 2023 National Apprentice of the Year, after representing Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards held in Tasmania on Friday, 17 November.
A cable jointer with Western Power, Amy is the youngest in her team, and was recognised for her commitment to safety and leadership skills.
This follows on from Amy being awarded WA Apprentice of the Year at the 2023 WA Training Awards held in September this year after being nominated for her exceptional work ethic, capability and focus on safety.
Amy's cites her experience working on low and high voltage electrical cables as having opened her eyes to the implicit value of safety; both on an individual level and within a team.
With her father, a panel beater, and her brother, a sign writer, inspired Amy to follow in their footsteps and pursue a trade career and commenced a trade apprenticeship in the power industry, training for a Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Cable Jointing with Power Training Services.
Western Power Chief Executive Officer Sam Barbaro congratulated Amy on being awarded the esteemed title of Australian Apprentice of the Year.
“This recognition is a testament to her exceptional abilities, dedication and remarkable accomplishments in the power industry,” Mr Barbaro said.
“It’s excellent to see young women like Amy taking up the opportunity to become apprentices and embarking on a career in an evolving energy industry.
“I commend Amy’s focus on safety, and the excellent communication skills she brings to Western Power are valued. Amy continually displays an exceptional level of energy, leadership and integrity in her role.
Amy credits her training experience for enhancing her leadership and communication skills. Through her apprenticeship, she has developed into a confident and effective team member, consistently demonstrating her ability to collaborate and lead.
Amy is looking to continue working at her trade and refining her leadership skills, along with being a great ambassador for people to undertake VET training.
“Being awarded Australian Apprentice of the Year was a major honour and a humbling experience. It is a great recognition of not only my own hard work but the support I have received from family, friends, and Western Power. Without those people, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. I am so excited to get to work on being an ambassador for apprenticeships in Australia,” Amy Hunt said.
“Western Power’s comprehensive apprenticeship, graduate, trainee, and pre-apprenticeship scholarship programs create multiple pathways to a career in an exciting and future-focussed industry,” Mr Barbaro said.