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Dan the Sparky Man recognised for Student Engagement at Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards

We were proud to be recognised at the recent July Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards, where we got a win in the Student Engagement category.

These Awards are the Gold Coast’s most comprehensive and prestigious business awards & we are thrilled to receive this acknowledgement.

It can be really hard to secure yourself an Apprenticeship as a teenager or later in life if you are looking for a career change. We’re proud to have employed over 80 apprentices during our time in business of all different ages and stages of life. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and supportive yet challenging environment for people wanting to enter the electrical industry and I love that I am in the position to provide this for our next generation of sparkies.

Study Gold Coast were the sponsors of our Award Category and they have very kindly written a profile piece on our business titled, Gold Coast Business Develops Bright New Sparks. The article touches on some of the approaches we take to training, with a focus on training, upskilling and developing the team.

Our approach to training sparkies of the future

This is a summary of the main points in the article, some of the actions we take from a training perspective:

  • Train employees early to avoid problems later.
  • All employees go through a comprehensive induction program.
  • Apprentices and less experienced employees are provided with on-the-job training.
  • New employees are sent out on jobs under full supervision, with the time spent on training dependent on the new employee’s experience.
  • Apprentices are given the opportunity to learn very quickly early on, and we make sure they cover many areas of electrical work from new homes, service work, to air conditioning, solar and much more.

The article also highlights the value mature aged apprentices can bring to a business, with Jeremy Dosser our Head of Operations a case in point. He started his electrical apprenticeship with us at age 30 and has come a long way. He believes the business is doing the right thing as a lot of our apprentices start and finish their apprenticeships here, which is rare in this industry.

We also highlighted the value in doing TAFE’s pre apprenticeship course (Cert II in Electro Technology) before you start on the tools. It gives you a good grounding in the maths and the technical aspects of the job, so when you know you can do that from day one. It’s the ideal way for apprentices to start their career.

Dan The Sparky Man Wins Gold Coast Business Excellence Award

Dan The Sparky Man are the winners of the Trades, Professions & Services Category in the June round of the 2012 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards!

In six short years Dan the Sparky Man has grown from sole trader to incorporated company. Accredited by Master Electricians and the Clean Energy Council they provide tailored solutions and professional advice, designed to save their customers money and reduce their carbon footprint. Dan the Sparky Man have experienced substantial growth despite local construction downturn and are lighting the way as leading Gold Coast energy efficiency specialists.

Winning the Gold Coast Business Excellence Award is recognition of the work Dan The Sparky Man does in the local community; providing employment and training to apprentices, supporting local charities, supporting the building and construction industry, being leaders in energy efficiency, and most of all providing exceptional service and quality workmanship to their customers.

“We are so pleased to have won this award. We have worked hard on continually improving our standards to meet and exceed all of our customers’ needs whilst maintaining the highest level of safety for our employees.” Said Dan Carpenter Director of Dan The Sparky Man

“Our main focus is to reduce consumer’s daily power costs and educate them on the most energy efficient way to run their homes and businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards for this fantastic award.” Said Dan Carpenter

The Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards commenced in 1996 and are celebrating their 16th year of operation. Over the past sixteen (16) years, the Awards have grown to be recognised as the region’s most comprehensive and prestigious awards scheme, offering specific and meaningful benefits to the wider Gold Coast business community.

Dan The Sparky Man would also like to congratulate all of the June category winners:

Dan and Kelly Carpenter the Directors of Dan The Sparky Man being presented with the award on Wednesday evening 27th June on the Gold Coast at KPMGby Sponsors Michael Sing Lawyers.


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