Apprentice #2: James from Callahan & Martella Electrical

Publish Date
Thursday, 27 May 2021, 10:12AM

Meet Marlborough Apprentice #2, James Schofield from Callahan & Martella Electrical!

James discovered his passion for working as an electrician whilst he was he was working for a building company for a number of years. Realising building just wasn’t for him, he discovered a new found love for electrical work. After studying for three years now, he can definitely light up a space!

By the end of 2021, James will become a qualified electrician at Callahan & Martella Electrical.

Why did you get into your industry?

I have always been interested in learning more about electrical work. I have previously done work within the building industry and brick laying. The trades have always been for me, but I wanted to find which trade suited me the most – and it turned out to be electrical!

How long have you been in your industry?

Three years now.

Highlights of working in your industry?

The thing I most enjoy about working in this industry is how we are always working in new places and no day is ever the same. One day I am one side of town and the next, I could be on the other side of Marlborough. Every day is a new challenge, it definitely keeps me on my toes.

About Callahan & Martella Electrical:

Back in 2000, Neil Callahan and Ian Martella were electricians working for another firm. They believed they could offer a vastly improved electrical service in Marlborough if they went into business together.

Since then, their company has become the largest electrical business in Marlborough, servicing Blenheim, Picton, Marlborough Sounds, and Kaikoura. So Neil and Ian got the formula right from the start.

In the beginning Neil and Ian did all the work themselves, and worked on the business side of things after hours. Now they have a fantastic team helping them, and have set up all the systems, procedures and safety checks that allows them to confidently bid for the large commercial and industrial jobs.

Being a registered member of Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (ECANZ) and Master Electricians, means customers can expect top quality work that is consistent with the ECANZ charter.

Neil and Ian still maintain their original service ethos and adhere to their 10-point tradesman’s ethics. They train their team to really understand the customer’s needs, and do great work, on time and within the budget.


Join us at Moa Brewery Cellar Door on Friday June 11th from 3:30PM and watch James compete in a variety of challenges for the title of Marlborough Apprentice and the $1,000 prize money, plus an NZME advertising package for his business! 

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