Mandurah star apprentice wins prestigious award

Recognised: WA Excellence and Apprentice Awards winner Jesse Paternoster and Elite Electrical and Pumps owner Sam Nicoll. Photo: Supplied.
Recognised: WA Excellence and Apprentice Awards winner Jesse Paternoster and Elite Electrical and Pumps owner Sam Nicoll. Photo: Supplied.

A Mandurah man has been named electrical apprentice of the year in a prestigious state awards ceremony.

Jesse Paternoster won the fourth year apprentice category at the annual WA Excellence and Apprentice Awards for his work at Elite Electrical and Pumps. 

The awards celebrate the achievements of the industry's most innovative projects and best performing apprentices.

The 29-year-old said he was “incredibly surprised” by the nomination.

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“My boss nominated me the year before last, which I was also surprised about,” he said. 

“I am qualified now, and have had the most unique experience working at the company. I’m really thankful.”

Elite Electrical and Pumps owner Sam Nicoll said the star apprentice had worked with the company for five years. 

He’s a terrific worker and a model employee.

Elite Electrical and Pumps owner Sam Nicoll

“He’s a terrific worker and a model employee,” he said. 

After winning the state award, Mr Paternoster is in the running to be chosen to travel to Melbourne for the national awards, on November 22. 

WA Electrical and Communications Association president Jack Grego congratulated the winners. 

“I thank everyone for the time and effort they put into preparing and submitting their nominations,” he said.   

“Congratulations to all of the winners and good luck at the National Awards in November.”

For more information visit the NECA WA Excellence and Apprentice Awards website.