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Electrical apprentice safety webinar

This free live webinar is for electrical apprentices to learn from industry experts and one another about electrical safety, mental health and surviving their apprenticeship!


MC welcome
Chris Bombolas

Working near live parts
Donna Heelan, Electrical Safety Office

Electrical apprentice panel session
Four electrical apprentice of the year winners join us to discuss what they learnt and how they survived their apprenticeship

Mental health for young workers in the electrical and construction industry
John Brady, Mates in Construction

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*Program subject to change


Donna HeelanDonna is the Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Office and oversees the strategic delivery of electrical safety across Queensland. Her role involves developing and enforcing standards for electrical safety and promoting improved safety performance in the wider community.

Donna is a member of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), Chair of the Standing Committee of Officials, Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Hannah WattsHannah is a passionate electrical fitter mechanic working at Queensland Health in the Ipswich region.

Hannah was awarded the 2020 Electrical Trades Union (ETU) Apprentice of the Year for her leadership qualities, dedication to the trade and the union. She is vocal in advocating the rights of apprentices and women in the trade.

Hannah is heavily involved in the industry, holding a position on the state council and executive for the ETU Queensland and Northern Territory branch, and is the current president of the Ipswich sub-branch. She is also the co-founder of ‘Sparkettes QLD’, a Facebook group for women in the electrical trades to support each other.

John BradyJohn has been with MATES in Construction Queensland since 2008 and helped develop the national award winning ‘Mates in Construction’ program in suicide prevention. John strongly believes that suicide is a preventable problem particularly if we can get mates helping mates.

The effectiveness of this approach has also seen the creation of MATES in Energy and MATES in Mining. John has also worked extensively with apprentices through the Life Skills Tool Box program and the recent Speak Up be Heard research around apprentices and bullying.

John holds a Master’s in Leadership a Bachelor of Education as he has undertaken post graduate studies in organisational psychology, theology, biblical anthropology and suicidology.