2020 Wrap up

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And what to expect in 2021

We couldn’t have a recap of 2020 without acknowledging the effect of COVID-19 on all of our lives. But what we haven’t allowed it to affect is our commitment to delivering quality training. The move to largely online learning had its challenges but our students and their employers were supportive and understanding, and adapted well.

From 1 February, the training delivery model for apprentices will be a mixture of face-to-face classroom-based and teacher-led remote learning. This means that all students will need laptops and internet connection. However, all assessments will be completed on campus under teacher supervision.

Study Skills

New or commencing apprentice students now participate in a new session called ‘Study Skills Workshop’ to help them improve their study techniques and habits. Delivered by our Learning Support Teacher, the key points are:

  • Being focused and working towards their study and future work goals at NECA Education & Careers
  • Developing effective organisation and study skills, including time management and planning
  • Preparing for both face-to-face and online classes and participating fully
  • Understanding their own personal strengths and weakness
  • Managing their energy levels for safe work and study
  • Aiming for good health and including eye checks
  • Identifying two new study habits relevant to them
  • Asking for help and advice when needed.

Maths Assistance

This year we increased the assistance we provide to new apprentice students with their maths capabilities by introducing a short maths aptitude assessment. It covers the main mathematical topics required to complete the Certificate III in Electrotechnology. Students identified as requiring further assistance will be provided a tailored individual plan through which we can work together towards improving any deficiencies.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The number of IoT devices is constantly increasing. Electricians have the customer trust and data and communications backgrounds to be well placed to meet business and consumer needs, but many lack the specific skills. NECA Education & Careers have developed a new innovative training course with Victorian Government funding and expert input from project partners Schneider, Middy’s Molex, Cisco, Lightmoves and specialist contractors. The first pilot Course in the Application of the Internet of Things for Electrotechnology Workers will commence on 29 January 2021 and is open to licensed electricians with a current ACMA Open Registration card and 4th year apprentices who have completed UEENEEF102A or equivalent.

We hope to see you in 2021!

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