About Us

Meet our awesome (and sometimes crazy) bunch of teachers

NECA Education and Careers is not your ‘run of the mill’ Trade School or Group Training Organisation (GTO)… it is a smallish business which thrives on delivering great customer service to everyone who walks through our doors.

We let companies focus on getting the job done by providing them with kick ass trainees and apprentices and doing all the ‘boring HR stuff’ (which we love). We educate students to be the best they can be. In work, their personal life and the wider community. We know you can attend trade school anywhere or use any GTO, we don’t pretend to know everything and we own up when we make mistakes. What we also know is that we are different. We are a family, we all connect to our purpose and we are dedicated to making you part of our family too.

Meet our fun-loving Group Training Team

Our customers range from pre-apprentices/apprentices to trainees to top tier electrical contractors.

The entire team is enthusiastic and absolutely passionate about making a difference in the lives of young men and women.

We are 26 years young this year! And provide employment and training opportunities for many. We provide employment opportunities through traineeships and apprenticeships.

We partner with employers to determine the skills they need and manage all their recruitment, employment, training, mentoring, payroll, and administration along the journey to ensure the apprentice/trainee successfully completes and ideally continues on within their business.

Meet our friendly Student Services Team

NECA Education & Careers also provides training to the Electrical industry as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in our purpose built facilities. This includes pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeships and industry short courses and qualifications.

NECA Education & Careers is compliant with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations (GTOs), Australian Qualification Training Framework (AQTF) and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) RTO Standards.

 

Our team believe that any person who walks through our doors has the right to feel safe, know they are supported and be provided with skills to walk out of our trade school competent, confident and ready for the challenges ahead.

Safe

Whether it be physical or mental, safety is always our number 1 priority.

We understand safety isn’t just signing SWMS and that it’s important for our students to understand good work practices, what the implications can be if the work practices are not followed and have the confidence to speak up when they know something isn’t safe.

We see mental safety in the same light, as young adults it is vital our students understand the benefits of good mental health, the steps they can take to access help and the importance of removing the sigma of mental health issues in the industry. That’s why our students have mentors they can go to (see Supported below).

2018 will see the inclusion of CPR & Low Voltage Rescue accreditation and annual refresher training in our apprenticeship program. We place huge importance on Safety and we pride ourselves on the fact that our students can walk on to worksites armed with not only the skills and knowledge they need to do their job safely but the skills and knowledge needed when things go wrong. All CPR and Low Voltage Rescue training (and refreshers) will be provided to our apprentice student at no extra cost to them (or you!)

Skilled

We pride ourselves in providing our students with every opportunity to be the best they can be.

Our team ensures every student has access to a quality education delivered by qualified teachers with extensive industry experience and a passion for sharing knowledge and skills. We do not settle in the ‘here and now’ but look to improve and expand with the industry and its ever growing technologies.

From 2018 we will begin delivering ‘Empower’ workshops as part of our apprentice and pre-apprentice training. This training will be focused around Decision Making, Building Resilience & Emotional Intelligence, Improving Leadership and Communication skills and strategies for developing respectful relationships as an antidote to negative behaviours. We see this program as an integral part of not only educating great electricians but also amazing people.

Plus 2017 saw the focus of our resources moved to a more practical based approach, where students can get more hands on to fully grasp what they have been taught. Nick, one of our current apprentices, commented: “The best part about the course is it has a good mixture of prac and theory to show how something is used in real life practice as well as on paper.”

Supported

As leaders in the mentoring and education of young men and women we all have a responsibility to support our students to navigate life whether it be with their schooling, personal life or employment.

We will continue to provide Apprentice Mentors to all students attending our trade school in 2018 as part of the Let’s Connect Program. Our staff know they have the fortunate position of being able to mentor and guide many in the electrical industry and wider community, in particular apprentices; who can shape the future and help build a healthy workplace.

By having a supportive environment where there is open communication means our students feel confident in asking for extra assistance when it is needed. A current apprentice commented, “I can comfortably ask teachers questions outside of class as well as discuss aspects of working in the trade”. In 2017 we assisted 150 students when they needed that helping hand.

OHS

Our people are our greatest asset and their Health & Safety is our greatest responsibility. At NECA Education & Careers we have made a commitment to being a Health & Safety leader in the industry.
Our commitment is to:

  • Provide a safe and healthy environment for all our employees, students and visitors
  • Achieve an injury free workplace
  • Engage our employees in our Health and Safety process through regular communication, consultation and training
  • Provide our staff, students and visitors with sufficient supervision, instruction, information and training as necessary to ensure a system of work that is safe and without risk to health
  • Only work with employers who share our passion for safety.

View our WHS commitment statement

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe that drawing on the strengths provided by diversity helps us meet the needs of our customers, build strong relationships across the communities we serve, and engage the many talents of our team.
At NECA Education & Careers we have made a commitment to increase generational and cultural diversity, increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ employment, provide opportunities to people with disabilities, and improve gender balance.

Our commitment is to:

  • Attract, engage and retain employees with different backgrounds, experience and perspectives
  • Create a safe and inclusive environment
  • Create an environment where people are treated equally and are free of all forms of discrimination
  • Have a positive social impact
  • Value the individuality, needs, different perspectives and ambitions of our people that are informed by the gender, age, cultural identity, sexual orientation and/or disability of our students and employees.
Apprentice & Trainee safety

Any person who walks through our doors has the right to feel safe, know they are supported and be treated with respect.

At NECA Education & Careers we have made a commitment to ensure all staff operate in accordance with the Child Safety Standards regardless of the age of the apprentice.

Our commitment is to:

  • Remember we are in a position of power and we will not take advantage of that position
  • Provide a safe and healthy environment for all our employees, students and visitors
  • Lead by example
  • Think of the risks before we act
  • Utilise all referral services we have access to when our apprentices or trainees need extra support.