The Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge is an annual event in New Zealand that aims to find the country's best electrical apprentice.
In 2023, the challenge is back with renewed sponsorship from Schneider Electric, a market leader in energy management and automation solutions. This year's challenge will focus on PDL Wiser smart home technology, providing an opportunity for apprentices to learn and develop their skills in this growing field.
Investing in the future of the industry
The module created for this year's challenge is designed to provide apprentices with exposure to cutting-edge technology in home automation.
“Master Electricians is grateful to Schneider for being a sponsor of the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge and contributing towards a module that provides an opportunity for electrical apprentices to test their skills against each other. It also provides a platform for them to gain exposure to the latest cutting-edge technology in home automation, the module will provide a great simulation and demonstration of how Smart Home automation is constantly evolving, this requires apprentices to be constantly learning and adapting to the latest technology innovations.” Mathew Lawrence, General Manager of Operations at Master Electricians.
Scaling up product installations and meeting customer demand
Wiser provides customers with a flexible and integrated smart home system that can be scaled up according to their needs and budgets. Electricians who develop their skills in this area have the opportunity to meet customer demand for smart home technology and ensure future work.
“We know tradespeople play a critical role as key points of contact for customers. We want to help expand electricians’ toolkits, so they are versed in changing demand as smart home adoption accelerates. Sponsoring the Master Electricians Challenge is a great way for us to champion this valuable sector and we are excited to see and reward some of the young and emerging talent in the industry.” Jared Dinneen, GM Sales, Home & Distribution for Schneider Electric.
Competitions and awards
The Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge is held across 13 locations in New Zealand, with preliminary regional rounds starting in June and the finals taking place in Auckland in late August. Apprentices from all over the country will compete in two divisions: New Zealand's Top Electrical Apprentice – Industrial Section and New Zealand's Top Electrical Apprentice – Commercial & Domestic Section.
In addition to these titles, there is a third award – the Initiative Award – which is evaluated on how the finalists present themselves, the initiative they apply to health and safety, and how they conduct themselves within a competition setting.