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People's Choice Awards 2020



Category: Apprentice of the Year

Daniel Bortoli

Daniel BortoliQualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: NECA Electrical Apprenticeships
Hosted by: Stowe Australia Pty Ltd

“The electrical industry is incredibly dynamic. No two days are the same! The challenge and variety that exists within this trade offers me growth, evolution and great job satisfaction. It promises to be a rewarding lifelong career.”


When Daniel started his apprenticeship with NECA Electrical Apprenticeships, hosted by Stowe Australia he relished the opportunities working at Australia’s leading private electrical contractor provided.

Daniel was lucky enough to experience many areas of the electrical trades on major job sites such as Star Casino and the International Convention Centre. He performed touts at Origin Energy and Everbright Bank as well as completing communication system upgrades at British Oxygen Company. He also attained extensive data centre experience at NEXTDC Sydney Data Centres S1 and S2. As a result he’s gained vast knowledge and developed a broad range of skills and abilities.

Daniel is a team player, always offering to lend a hand or taking time out to explain tasks to those who are unsure.

“Working in a team environment not only makes our workplace enjoyable, the trust that’s built on site helps us reach a common goal,” says Daniel.

Daniel Bortoli Easy to trust, hardworking and friendly, Daniel is admired by fellow apprentices who often seek advice from him. As a result, Daniel has found himself in senior positions. His foremen has entrusted him with the role of leading hand where he reads and interprets plans and manages small groups of co-workers to complete tasks.

“I believe self-integrity and honesty are important leadership traits,” says Daniel. “Upholding high expectations for yourself and for others is key. Exhibiting workplace enthusiasm and a willingness to learn encourages everyone to work to their full potential.”

Off site Daniel has built leadership skills in the Australian Army Cadets where he rose to Corporal rank.

Because of these leadership abilities, Daniel was selected to represent Stowe’s apprentices on NECA’s Electrical Apprentice Committee. For two years he worked to improve communication between NECA Electrical and apprentices, met legislative WHS requirements, and explored ways to improve lost time injuries.

Daniel has won many awards including: Overall First Year Apprentice, Overall Second Year Apprentice, Overall Third Year Apprentice, and Sydney Apprentice of the Year.

“The most valuable skill I learnt during my apprenticeship is to take initiative,” says Daniel. “I went beyond my comfort zone and challenged myself to take on jobs that were unfamiliar or required extra effort. On one particular job, the lighting system required the installation of KNX products. I volunteered to study a weeklong KNX programming course so I could provide extra technical support to my team while extending my knowledge in this specialty area.”

Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Daniel was delighted to accept a permanent role with Stowe Australia.

“I have enjoyed personal and professional growth throughout my apprenticeship. I am devoted to developing my practical and intellectual skills through training. I hope to grow into a managerial role at Stowe Australia and I would love to progress my studies so I can become a successful electrical engineer.”