Master Electricians supports electrical licensing status quo

By Jo Bailey Maintaining the current regulations, standards and licensing of electricians is one of the current concerns of Master Electricians, says CEO Neville Simpson. “We are aware that government, in particular MBIE is looking at making some changes to licensing of electricians. Although we are still working through the details with them, as an industry we need to be …

New technologies to boost younger members

Master Electricians (ME) Hub app is an innovative tool for members, which helps them to record their testing results, manage health and safety risks, and complete Certificates of Compliance and ESCs while on the job. “A lot of our members are approaching retirement age so it is critical we appeal to younger business owners. One way we are doing this …

Apprentices rise to the top

Two bright sparks from Auckland have taken out the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition (the Master Electricians Challenge), the country’s toughest contest for apprentice electricians. The pair were among 10 finalists, selected during knockout heats around the country, who took part in the gruelling two-day final at the Hilton Lake Taupo. Chabb Chia, 21, from Parau, West Auckland, …

Trade careers need wider promotion says Master Electricians

A career in the electrical industry is a great choice, says Neville Simpson, CEO of Master Electricians. “Like all trade industries, apprentices are being paid while they learn, so don’t finish their training with a huge student debt. They learn skills they can transfer easily overseas, and can make some really good money.” Mr Simpson would like to see schools …

Master Electricians Conference another success

You could have heard a pin drop when Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata addressed delegates at the Master Electricians 2016 Conference in Taupo, says CEO Neville Simpson. “Willie is an inspiring person and delegates were mesmerised during his speech.” Among other highlights was a talk by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, an adolescent psychologist, who spoke about the issue of depression in …