16 Dec 2020

If you’re considering a career in the electrical or communications cabling sector, you couldn’t have chosen a more exciting and diverse industry.

There are a number of different ways to get started:

  • Work experience – to see what’s actually involved in being an electrician.
  • School-based apprenticeship – which can start in Year 10.
  • Pre-apprenticeship course – a stepping stone to the apprenticeship program.
  • Four-year, full-time apprenticeship.
  • Assigned to one company.
  • Working for NECA and assigned to different companies.
  • Within the public sector or the armed forces.

Apprenticeships combine practical work with structured training to give you both a nationally recognised qualification and the experience you need for your chosen career. An electrical apprenticeship generally takes four years to complete and traineeships take one to two years.

Apprenticeships are formal contracts and these contracts set out the training and supervision an employer must provide for the employee, as well as the employee's obligations as an apprentice. Your training can be delivered on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. Off-the-job training is done at NECA Colleges, TAFE Colleges or other approved training providers.

For general information about apprenticeships visit the Australian Apprenticeships website

As you would expect each state offers a slightly different range of packages based on local market demand – so to find out more about what’s on offer in your State or Territory click here .

ACT - Brett McIntyre
T: (02) 6280 5580
NSW - Brad Hoffman
T: (02) 9744 2754
SA - Apprenticeships - NECA Careers & Apprenticeships (NCA)
T: (08) 8272 0799

QLD - Mark Wood
T: (07) 3276 7950
TAS - Education & Careers
T: 1300 827 832
VIC - NECA Education & Careers
T: (03) 9381 1922
WA - College of Electrical Training
T: (08) 9233 5000
WA - Electrical Group Training
T: (08) 6241 6100