Issue 2 – December 2021
Message from the CEO
I think everyone is happy to see 2021 receding in the rear-view mirror. It’s been a year of challenges and constant adjustment to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, affecting everyone both personally and professionally. I’m really proud of the way the whole NECA Education & Careers community has responded – our students and their employers, our group training apprentices and trainees, our host employers and of course our staff. Everyone has shown perseverance, resilience and the ability to adapt, while generally being able to maintain a sense of humour. Our major regret is the unavoidable disruption to the training of apprentices caused by the restictions.
However, the year has had some positives:
- We manager to keep virtually all of our group training apprentices and trainees placed with host employers throughout most of the lockdowns.
- We fast tracked the introduction of iConnect, our learning management system, enabling us to not only deliver training remotely, but also give students a better learning experience in the classroom.
- We successfully created and piloted the new and innovative training course ‘The Internet of Things for Electricians’. This course, which will be offered throughout 2022, is essential for any electrician who wants to keep up with (and take advantage of) the impact that digitisation is having on the electrical industry.
- We successfully launched the Women and Their Trade (WaTT) initiative which aims to increase the number of female electrical apprentices – the initiative is already bearing fruit
We look forward to 2022 with enthusiasm, confident for a year packed with new opportunities and initiatives for all stakeholders.
Transition to new Certificate III Electrotechnology training package in 2022
As you may be aware there have been changes to the Electrotechnology training package with the existing qualification being superseded and replaced by UEE30820 – Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
In 2022 NECA Education & Careers will commence implementing a transition program for apprentices currently enrolled in UEE30811 – Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
Why are these changes being made?
With the changes in technology, industry practices, and licensing requirements, the new training package will better prepare our apprentices both from a technical and safety perspective.
How will it affect our apprentices enrolled in the old package?
Our aim is to minimise the impact on apprentices and our Student Services team have been working diligently to develop a transition plan for every apprentice based on their current progress and expected date of completion.
Each student will receive a letter outlining their transition date in 2022 and how the transition impacts their apprenticeship and what they will need to do.
Also attached will be a list outlining any outstanding work. For any units that a student has attempted but is not deemed competent in, we strongly advise to book a resit as soon as possible to complete these before your class transition date.
All enquiries about the transition can be directed to Student Services by contacting us.
Traineeships giving youth hope
Earlier this year, in the middle of COVID-19, Sofia was unsure whether she would find a job or what her prospects were.
A recent study by PWC, Social Ventures Australia, Apprentice Employment Network of Victoria and Global Apprentice Network (Australia) highlighted how difficult it is for young people to find employment, especially those without degrees or vocational qualifications, despite skill shortages.
Sofia was able to take advantage of the VARP program and through the NECA Education & Careers Group Training Organisation secured a traineeship at the Coroners Court of Victoria. NECA Education & Careers co-ordinates Sofia’s online and on-the-job learning providing a support network for her and the host employer while she earns a wage and a qualification. Sofia’s employer is thrilled with her progress and how she has embraced the training, opportunities and development of new skills. “It is remarkable to see how much she has achieved in such a short period of time. This is a credit to her ongoing hard work and enthusiasm to learn,” said Sonja Mileska, Senior Solicitor.
For more information on available Traineeships contact us.