News & Views

4th October 2016

Alternative Pathways Project – The Facts

04 Oct 2016

NECA is pleased to announce that the “establishment” phase of the “Electrical Innovative Delivery and Pathways Project” – referred to as the Alternative Pathways Project or “APP”, is now underway.  In fact, by the end of October we hope to be well into the implementation phase. 

As with any new project it’s important to understand what’s involved and what’s not. To this end, NECA has developed a comprehensive flyer outlining the nine elements involved in the APP.

It’s also important to note that NECA does not support either fully-institutionalised training or two-year apprenticeships - neither of which feature in this project.

This is an exciting development as the APP is the realisation of all the hard work that went into “MAPS” – where we engaged with 500 employers and a range of other stakeholders at the conclusion of the project. The Employer Engagement strand of MAPS drew views from apprentices, employers and a broad cross-section of training institutions to fully understand what people thought was working and/or could be further enhanced in apprentice training and development.

NECA believes the current mix of on-the-job training and theoretical training should go hand-in-hand throughout an apprentice’s training and development.  And this pilot builds on that model – which is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education & Training, under Apprenticeship Training.



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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its Legal firm, Group Training and the NECA Colleges (in WA) and EcoSmart Electricians – and has joint ventures with a superannuation company (NSW) and one of the national cabling registrars (ACRS).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
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