Issue 8 – End of Year 2022
Message from the CEO
Gideon Perrott, Chief Executive Officer
It’s been a bit of a year of change at NECA Education & Careers. In June I took over as Chief Executive Officer from Phil Green who retired after over eight years at the helm. Phil has successfully navigated the organisation through some turbulent times, including the lockdowns triggered by COVID, to leave the organisation in a state of health for which any new CEO would be enviable. Our people are aligned and engaged, feedback from students and employers is positive, stakeholders are supportive, and the business is sound and growing. Phil and his executive team should feel very proud of the business that’s been created here at NECA Education & Careers.
We are super excited about the year ahead with the opening of a brand new campus plus the launch of a couple of new initiatives that should delight our stakeholders.
Dandenong Campus – Opening Soon
Second purpose-built campus
The electrical pre-apprenticeship returns to NECA Education & Careers in 2023 with the opening of our second trade school campus in Dandenong.
When the centre opens in the first half of the year, we will be offering the Certificate II in Electrotechnoloy (Career Start) and Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
Select industry short courses will also rolled out at the new location over time.
Continuing Professional Development training in 2023
Victorian electricians: don’t leave it to the last minute
Continuing Professional Development for Electricians will be required for electrical licence renewal from 1 July 2023 as mandated by ESV.
The free, one-day course is offered by NECA Education & Careers at our Carlton North campus as well as in Ballarat and with our sponsors NHP in Richmond.
Skills Maintenance training is specific to each class of licence.
Award Winning Virtual Reality
Best Virtual Reality Training at the 2022 LearnX Awards
The LearnX Awards are an international awards program recognising learning and talent development across corporate, education, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
NECA Education & Careers earned the highest level of award, receiving Platinum Awards for (VR) + F2F Integrated Training, (VR) Hard Skills, and (VR) Industry Specific Training, for our VR-Mandatory Tests program developed with virtual technology partner Maxart.
Leading the Industry by Example
Throughout the year the WaTT initiative has continued to create our diverse workforce by empowering female apprentices with mentoring and networking.
At the 2022 NECA Victoria Excellence Awards, Nicholas Marks won 4th Year Commercial/Domestic Apprentice of the Year.
At the AEN awards trainee Rebecca Hope won the award for Disability Achievement and apprentice Hedayatullah Habibi (Habibi) won the award for Overcoming Adversity. Our commitment to safety was recognised when our electrical apprentice induction program was awarded for Outstanding OHS Initiative.
We would like to thank our partner businesses and State Government departments for their support throughout the year.
Achievements in Tasmania
Setting the standard for electrical apprentices
The WaTT program in Tasmania held its official launch this year and has seen very positive results.
It was also a big year for NECA Education & Careers apprentice Gilbert Riseley, winning the National NECA Apprentice Award for 4th Year Apprentice of the Year Commercial/Domestic, following his award in the same category for Tasmania for 2021.
At the 2022 NECA Tasmania Apprentice Awards, Josh Batten won 4th Year Commercial/Domestic Apprentice of the Year, and Sam Brooks won 4th Year Industrial Apprentice of the Year.