Thinking about getting into the electrical industry in Australia, but not entirely sure whether you’re cut out for it? An electrical pre-apprenticeship is a great way of dipping your toes in and finding out what it’s like to be an electrician, so you can decide if it’s the career path for you!
An electrical pre-apprenticeship is a course that prepares you for an apprenticeship in the electrical industry by arming you with the basic skills to start working as a sparky.
In this blog post, we look at the incredible benefits of electrical pre-apprenticeships, and why you should do yours with NECA Education & Careers.
What are the benefits of an electrical pre-apprenticeship?
Many young Aussies keen to get started as electricians choose to jump straight into an electrical apprenticeship. But completing a pre-apprenticeship before you do this will give you a big advantage.
First of all, an electrical pre-apprenticeship gives you a taste of what it’s like to work in the electrical industry. It’s enough to help you decide if it’s what you really want to do, or if your passion actually lies somewhere else (say, Business Administration or IT). You’ll go into your apprenticeship with the confidence of knowing you’re headed in the right direction.
A pre-apprenticeship arms you with super valuable “on-the-job” skills that employers are looking for.
A pre-apprenticeship also arms you with super valuable “on-the-job” skills that employers are looking for. Qualified electricians will teach you the basics of electrical theory, electrical safety and mathematics, as well as how to interpret electrical drawings, install electrical circuits and use electrical tools.
Completing an electrical pre-apprenticeship will also help you land a killer apprenticeship when you’re finished. With your nationally recognised Certificate II in Electrotechnology, you can gain credit towards the Certificate III in Electrotechnology that you’ll need to complete as part of your apprenticeship. You’ll have a head start on everyone else!
Your chances of success are also increased by doing a pre-apprenticeship. Budding sparkies who complete a pre-apprenticeship are more likely to complete their apprenticeship and enter the electrical industry, according to Group Training Australia (GTA) research.
So, what’s the bottom line? A pre-apprenticeship sets you up for success!
Why do an electrical pre-apprenticeship with NECA Education & Careers?
NECA Education & Careers offers a 12 week electrical pre-apprenticeship program. We accept new students all year round, so whether you’ve just finished school or are returning from some travels abroad, you’ll be able to get stuck right in.
Along with the pre-apprenticeship, you can take part in our Bright Spark program. This helps you apply what you learn during your pre-apprenticeship to real-life scenarios, so you can test your knowledge in a hands-on way.
Why should you join NECA Education & Careers’ Bright Spark Program?
Here are just a few reasons why you should join NECA Education & Careers’ Bright Spark program:
- You’ll work through each stage of an electrical project: From planning, worksite preparation, roughing in, fitting off and QA testing – you’ll cover them all.
- You’ll boost your “on-the-job” skills, including: You’ll become an expert at reading plans, marking out electrical installation, installing and terminating electrical equipment, running catenary wire, and much more!
- You’ll gain confidence in your practical ability: By applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios, you’ll give yourself a leg up on other apprenticeship candidates.
“The Bright Spark program is an eye opener before you get out into the field and teaches you those little things to keep you a step ahead”, says former Bright Spark student Carly de Kort.
Another former student Andy Prophet agrees. He says the program is a big self-confidence boost for pre-apprentices about to move into a career as an electrician: “I think the Bright Spark program has given me the confidence to trust myself and what I’ve learnt and be able to apply those skills.”
Interested in a career as an electrician? Doing an electrical pre-apprenticeship is a great starting point. Get in touch with NECA Education & Careers today to learn more!