ETU’s Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2018 awarded to Queensland's Ariah Goodluck

Nicholas McCallum

MEDIA RELEASE: Friday June 22, 2018

The Electrical Trades Union of Australia is pleased to announce that Ariah Goodluck has won the Electrical Apprentice of the Year for 2018. 

Ariah, from Brisbane, was selected from an outstanding group of finalists from around Australia, each of them fantastic electrical apprentices and outstanding members of our union. 

ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks said he was filled with pride to see Ariah, a 20-year-old apprentice working in construction, recognised and awarded for her amazing work and devotion to the union movement.

“Ariah is an outstanding apprentice and a dedicated member of the ETU who has earned this award through the hard work she puts in every single day,” Mr Hicks said.

“She has an impeccable training record, strong union values, is committed to the ETU and shows remarkable leadership qualities in a male-dominated industry – and she is only 20.

“Ariah had some fierce competition from some highly capable and active apprentices, all of whom should feel proud of themselves for their work. They all had truly incredible applications.

“The devotion on display from these apprentices means the ETU and our industry will continue to be in some very strong and safe hands in the future.”

Apprentice of the Year Ariah Goodluck (left), Queensland ETU Secretary Peter Ong and Queensland finalist Hannah Watts.

ETU National Apprentice Officer Mark Burgess said having such a strong crop of applicants for the Apprentice of the Year, the first year the competition has run, was confirmation that the union movement was vital for foresting talented young Australian workers.

“These apprentices are the future of our movement and the future electricians of this country and I think Australians everywhere should be filled with confidence that the electrical industry will continue to be run by intelligent and highly capable tradespeople,” Mr Burgess said.

Mr Hicks said the finalists were all incredible emerging leaders within in the union, their trade and their studies, despite the Turnbull Government’s consistent cuts to our TAFEs.

“Our electrical apprentices show leadership qualities that far exceed those of the Turnbull Government,” the National Secretary said.

“The Turnbull Government has cut more than $3 billion from our TAFEs and enrolments are down 38 per cent since the Liberals came to power.

“And while the Liberals are doing nothing to help our apprentices, these young people have risen to top their trade and studies, and we’re pleased they will be the potential future leaders of the ETU.”

Ariah will head to London in October as the ETU’s Youth Delegate at the Global Power Trade Union Congress and then spend a week with Britain’s largest union, Unite the Union, to gain valuable insight into the UK’s union movement, learn about different aspects of your trade and how Vocational Education and Training (VET) operates outside Australia. 

“My union gives me amazing support and opportunities to work with my union brothers and sisters, and the wider community,” Ariah said.

“To win this opportunity to head to London and learn more about our trade and the vital work of our comrades across the globe means I’ll come home with more strategies and experience to work on keeping the ETU strong and proud for years to come.”

Media enquiries: ETU National Communications Coordinator – Nicholas McCallum

0419 499 886, [email protected]

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