JINDABYNE'S Josh Cooney has been recognised for his outstanding achievement with Essential Energy, being crowned the South Eastern Apprentice of the Year for his work in ESI Power Systems Distribution.
A ceremony was held last week at the Jindabyne Essential Energy depot to present Josh with his 2014 NSW Training Award.
The annual awards are hosted by the Department of Education and Communities and recognise achievement in vocational education and training.
Essential Energy's regional manager for the south east, Philip Green, says Josh is an exemplary apprentice who displays a fantastic work ethic.
"Josh's ability to adapt, challenge the norm and accept change with enthusiasm became a real strength during his apprenticeship," Mr Green said.
"He is an exceptional communicator and is seen as a leader among his peers and by his superiors."
The 30 year old is considered one of the brightest prospects within Essential Energy, having started his apprenticeship in 2010.
Earlier this year Josh became a qualified electrical distributor, a job he thoroughly enjoys.
"I really enjoyed my apprenticeship, it's great being able to work alongside these bunch of blokes," Josh said.
"When you love your work it's easy to excel, I was pretty hungry and eager when I started and still am.
"In the first month of the apprenticeship I saw more of the area than in the previous eight years living here."
Josh made the move to Jindabyne 10 years ago from Byron Bay. What started out as a snowboarding adventure to the region has become a life in Jindabyne.
On Thursday, July 17, staff from the Jindabyne Essential Energy depot and regional officials gathered to congratulate Josh on his achievement.
Jindabyne site manager Steve Tozer nominated Josh for the award and says Josh has been a regular hard worker during his time with the energy company.
"Josh has done us proud, it's much deserved," Mr Tozer said.