Bright Spark in Townsville Completes Apprenticeship & Wins Top Award
AE Smith’s first female apprentice in Townsville - Kristie McQuilty - has just completed her trade and is now a qualified electrician
Joining AE Smith as an 18 year old, Kristie’s taken to the apprenticeship over the past three and half years with aplomb, winning the North Queensland’s Apprentice of the Year award at a gala dinner in September.
Inspired to become an electrician after completing work experience at Phosphate Hill Mine, Kristie (pictured above surrounded by her parents, Alan and Rebecca) has relished the apprenticeship opportunity at AE Smith Townsville.
“The best thing about my apprenticeship is that I’ve learnt so much – every day at work is different,” beams Kristie, who’s worked on jobs such as maintenance, new installations and energy efficiency conversions during her training. “I’m so glad to have had such a variety of experiences and not just working on the same thing every day.”
Importantly, she attributes AE Smith with her development into a quality tradesperson.
“AE Smith are really committed to helping their apprentices be the best they can be and develop them into good tradies for the long term,” says Kristie. “I tell anyone who asks that AE Smith are the best company to work for – I really like the genuine help they offer all their staff, they really look after you.”
And for those that are wondering what it’s like being AE Smith’s first female apprentice: “I love it!”
Group pic (L to R): Rebecca McQuilty, Muarita Wilson, Alan McQuilty, James Wilson, Kristie McQuilty (seated centre), Jeremy Ward, Kalem Rainford, Effie Kerby, Jim Kerby, Megan Ward.