Canberra electrical apprentice wins top prize at industry awards

ActewAGL third-year apprentice, Michelle Tifan became the first electrical apprentice and second female to be named Construction Industry Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at the recent ACT Regional Building and Construction Industry Training Council annual awards.

The awards acknowledge apprentices from the ACT and surrounding region for outstanding performance in their trades. As well as taking home the top prize, Ms Tifan also received the Outstanding Woman in a Non-traditional Trade and Outstanding Systems Electrician Apprentice awards.

“It was a complete surprise and it’s great to be recognised for something I’m very passionate about and find to be really rewarding,” Ms Tifan said.

“I previously completed a Bachelor of Science with honours at the Australian National University and then worked in the public service. However, I wanted a career that was more hands-on because I love tinkering with things, fixing things and problem solving. Being an electrical apprentice was the perfect match of my science background and need to be hands-on and outdoors.”

ActewAGL chief executive officer, Michael Costello congratulated Ms Tifan on her achievement.

“This is not the first time Michelle has been recognised for her talent and hard work in the industry. She has received several CIT awards and exceptional results throughout her studies,” Mr Costello said.

“Michelle has also been involved in encouraging other women to take up a non-traditional trade and has always been willing to help fellow apprentices. She is most deserving of this recognition.”