Lithgow apprentice wins PowerPlay prize valued at $1500

Lithgow Skillset apprentice, Joel Gurney, is this month’s winner of the PowerPlay Challenge, taking home a $1500 widescreen television.

Joel said winning the challenge couldn’t have been timelier as it will replace the television in his home that blew up last week.

Eighteen-year-old Joel is a second year apprentice with Lithgow Locksmiths and plays the game on his mobile device in his spare time.

He said there was no particular secret to winning the challenge except playing the game regularly to develop a strategy to fend off the ‘Elementals’. (The post-apocalyptic game is based on players rebuilding a virtual energy efficient town in Western NSW to defend itself against the Elementals who at night come to destroy the town by sapping its power supply.)
The Skillset PowerPlay game started in January 2014 and will continue until 30 June, 2016. More than 800 apprentices, trainees and Green Army participants are playing the game which includes trainees and apprentices employed by the Hunter and Northern Territory Group Training companies.

Skillset received a grant from the Department of Industry to develop the game as part of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), a pilot program funded by the Commonwealth Government, to investigate ways of inspiring and assisting people on lower incomes to save money through energy efficiency in their home.

The Skillset PowerPlay game won the 2014 Australian mobile and app design awards for its innovative design to educate young players about energy saving.

Anyone can play the game by downloading the app on their mobile phones, tablets and iPads, but only apprentices and trainees aged 16 to 25 are eligible for entering the monthly PowerPlay Challenge to win the prize valued at $1500.

For further information contact:
Ashley Bland
Skillset PowerPlay Project Manager
P: 02 6330 1400 | M: 0488 033 301
W: www.mypowerplay.com.au

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