Leaving school can be a daunting time – so many decisions to make and all of them feel like they could define the rest of your life. If only there was a way to test out your career path before taking the full plunge… well guess what, there is!
If you're considering a career as an electrician, but want to check out whether its really for you, why not try NECA Education & Careers pre-apprenticeship and Bright Spark program? It's the perfect way to test out the industry while gaining real practical skills that will boost your employability no matter what career path you choose.
What is a pre-apprenticeship?
A pre-apprenticeship is a short course specifically aimed at school leavers. It allows you to experience what it's really like to work as an electrician – all before committing to an apprenticeship. NECA Education & Careers pre-apprenticeship offers 12 weeks of full time study, which is scheduled for 4 days of classes a week.
The course takes place on-campus in Melbourne. You'll be based in our purpose-built state-of-the-art training facility, to provide you with a hands-on learning experience and access to cutting-edge technology.
The course is split into 14 units of study which includes everything from first aid, problem solving circuits and creating industry level diagrams. All the info can be found here.
Completing all 14 units and demonstrating the skills you have learnt will earn you the Certificate II in Electrotechnology. NECA Education & Careers is the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Victoria that is owned and operated by the electrical industry. This means the curriculum follows real industry practice and gives you the knowledge employers are looking for. It also gives you the most honest look at the electrical industry and what its like to be a part of.
Where does the Bright Spark program come in?
The Bright Spark skills program is completed alongside your pre-apprenticeship and allows you to really get to grips with the practical skills of the industry. It's included as part of the program and gives you the chance to work through your own project stage by stage. This includes planning, worksite preparation, roughing in, fitting off and QA testing, all while under expert supervision.
On top of refining the skills you already have, the Bright Spark program will give you some extra expertise to make your resume stand out even more. Including:
- Reading plans and marking out the required electrical installation.
- Identifying and ordering products for jobs.
- Installing and terminating electrical equipment.
- Installing cable tray.
- Running catenary wire.
- Wiring and fitting off socket outlets and light switches.
- Completing quality tests on your installation.
The Bright Spark program boosts your on the job skills, as former student Andy Prophet points out: "It's really good to put the theoretical knowledge that we've learnt into practice and get hands on and really spend a good couple of days building our little room and getting it all put together."
What can you do afterwards?
Completing your pre-apprenticeship earns you the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Careers Start) UEE 22011. This is a nationally recognised qualification which will be valuable no matter what path you take and is well respected in all trades.
If you also decide that the electrical industry is the path for you, the pre-apprenteship program will set you up with everything you need to land a great apprenticeship position. The program offers experienced help with writing resumes and interview practice.
Once you have been accepted by an employer you will also be eligible to complete the Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Electrician (UEE 30811) with NECA Education & Careers, so you can continue the learning in a place you know and enjoy. The Cert II also allows you to gain credit for your Cert III ahead of time, so you'll be leading the pack already!
If you're interested in learning more about what it takes to become an electrician and think the Bright Spark program could be for you, contact NECA Education & Careers today.