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Electrical apprentice safety forum

Join football legend Johnathan Thurston for breakfast at Bracken Ridge TAFE.

This free event is for electrical apprentices to find out what is happening in the electrical industry, how to stay safe at work, look after your mental health and achieve success.

If you're unable to make it in person, the forum will also be livestreamed.

Places are limited for the in-person event, so register now to secure your spot.


Host your own event via online stream

If you’re a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation and would like to livestream the event to your electrical students, contact us to arrange one of our electrical safety inspectors to attend for your own Q&A session and we can supply the food! Email to get involved.


8am - Breakfast for in-person attendees

8.15am - MC welcome (livestream commences)
Chris Bombolas

8.20am - The ripple effects of an electric shock
Garrick Cripps, Arnolds Electrical

8.30am - A career in the electrical industry
Cassandra Tommasi, Representing workers, ES Board member

8.35am - Getting the right start in your career
Johnathan Thurston, Queensland rugby league legend

9.05am - Building positive and resilient young workers
Josh Waddington, Mates in Construction

9.15am - Panel session and questions
All speakers

9.30am - Event close

*Program subject to change


Johnathan ThurstonQueensland rugby league champion Johnathan Thurston has played more than 300 NRL matches over his career, including 37 State of Origin matches for Queensland and 35 undefeated Tests for Australia.

His long list of awards and accolades includes four-time Dally M Medal winner, the Deadlys Indigenous NRL Player of the year 2013, Clive Churchill Medal winner and Arthur Beetson Medal winner in 2017.

Johnathan is a positive influence and role model with a passion for our nation’s youth and his Indigenous culture. In 2018 he set up the Johnathan Thurston Academy which provides training programs and employment opportunities to young Australians.

Garrick CrippsGarrick has been with Arnolds Electrical for over 35 years where he commenced as a second year apprentice. He progressively worked his way through his apprenticeship to tradesperson, foreperson, project manager and estimator. Garrick is now the General Manger and also a shareholder in the company.

Cassandra TommasiCassandra is a valued worker for Stowe Australia, one of the leading contractors in the electrical industry. Cassandra has worked for Stowe Australia for over 10 years and has been a crucial part of both large-scale construction projects, and the Southern Queensland service division. Cassandra holds an Electrical Fitter Mechanic licence as well as holding licences in high risk works. Cassandra has always held a firm stance on fair and safe work practices.

Josh Waddington

Josh Waddington is a licenced carpenter, his background ranges from on the tools, to supervisory, and management roles before transitioning into education and vocational training.

Josh has worked with young people at risk, disability, in schools, and within the Australian Apprenticeships system at a registered training organization (RTO). He is proud to be working with MATES as their Apprentice Resilience Program coordinator.