There are countless reasons why young Australians might want to pursue a career as an electrician, including plenty of job opportunities, good pay and a wealth of different ways to progress and develop new skills. What's a little less clear, however, is how best to get into the industry, starting with becoming an electrical apprentice in Australia.
Securing an apprenticeship is the vital first step in a career in electrical work. In this article we'll take a closer look at how a pre-apprenticeship with NECA Education & Careers, and our Bright Spark program in particular, can help young Australians learn the essential skills they'll need to secure a rewarding position.
Securing an apprenticeship is the vital first step in a career in electrical work.
Becoming an electrical apprentice in Australia
The electrical apprenticeship requirements in Australia vary from employer to employer, with the biggest prerequisites being a keen desire to learn, as well as a passion for hands-on technical and mathematical tasks. However, even if you do meet these requirements, the competition for places can be tough. That's why it's so important to give yourself the very best chance of securing the right job.
One of the best ways to do this is by making sure you possess as much relevant knowledge and experience before you even apply for an apprenticeship. Having the required skills for an electrical apprenticeship will boost you to the front of the pack, helping your CV stand out from everybody else when it comes time for electrical businesses to select their apprentices.
This is where NECA Education & Careers' pre-apprenticeship program comes into play, providing you with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) over 12 weeks of study. The Bright Spark program then provides an opportunity to test out these skills in a practical environment, while also teaching students a few additional pieces of vital information.
Learning the essential skills to become an electrician
There are a few essentials that feature on any list of basic electrical skills, and these are what the Bright Spark program is built around. During the course, students will learn how to:
- Read plans and mark out electrical installations
- Identify and order the right products for a particular job
- Install and terminate electrical equipment
- Install cable tray and run centenary wire
- Wire and fit socket outlet and light switches
- Complete quality tests on installations
These skills are highly sought after, and the Bright Spark program provides them to pre-apprenticeship students at no extra cost. In addition, the program provides students with an opportunity to test out the other skills they'll learn during their pre-apprenticeship, including the use of specialised tools, safe work practices and electrical theory.
These skills are highly sought after, and the Bright Spark program provides them to pre-apprenticeship students at no extra cost.
Being able to get hands-on and put these skills into practice means that when students do secure an apprenticeship, they'll already have confidence in their ability to complete work to a high standard. Not only will this benefit them on the jobsite, it also provides additional peace of mind to contractors, who can rest easy knowing their apprentices are equipped with everything they need to complete high-quality work.
To find out more about the Bright Spark program and how it works as part of a pre-apprenticeship, get in touch with the team at NECA Education & Careers today.