Apprentice Awards

04 Mar 2021

About the Apprentice Awards

The NECA awards are designed to recognise and reward apprentices and their employers for outstanding performance and commitment to the electrotechnology industry.

These awards present an excellent opportunity for employers who have dedicated time, effort and resources to the future of our industry by nurturing and supporting their workers to gain recognition from their peers and the community.

It is also an opportunity for those nominated and winning apprentices to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for their dedication, hard work and commitment in this challenging industry and to be able to demonstrate that commitment as their careers progress.

NECA has long had a commitment to the training and development of apprentices, recognising that apprentices are the future of the industry in terms of both today's tradespeople and tomorrow's managers and business owners.

NECA owns Group Training Companies that employ over 2,000 apprentices and part own companies that employ a further 2,000. Through this experience, we have recognised the need to increase awareness of the vast range of opportunities within the electrotechnology industry, both for talented young people who are determining which path they will take as they leave school and for older workers who may be considering a career change.

NECA has been involved with these Apprentice Awards for three decades and will continue to work to ensure a high level of awareness and respect for electrical and communications apprentices in the future.


Entrants are assessed in the following categories:

  • Commercial/Domestic
  • Communications
  • Industrial


Applicants will initially be assessed at a state level, with finalists being invited to an interview with a judging panel. State finalists with their employers will be invited to attend their state’s Excellence Awards and Apprentice Awards function where the winners will be announced.  

State winners will then be invited to submit a project to be judged for the NECA National Apprentice Awards. 

Click here for the NECA Apprentice Entrant Guidelines/Criteria

NECA National awards

Each state winner will receive details in mid-September 2020 regarding the project they will be required to submit to enter the National Awards. A short list of finalists from each category will be selected and invited to attend a formal interview in Canberra on 18/19 November.

Winners for each category will be selected at this final stage interview, with winners and placegetters receiving their award and monetary prize at NECA’s National Excellence Awards on the evening of 19 November in Canberra.

2020/21 National awards

The National Excellence Awards, National Apprentice Awards, and Trade Teacher Awards presentations will be held on Thursday 18 November 2021 starting at 7.00pm at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

NATIONAL - Claire Gerber
T: 08 6241 6100
T: 02 6280 5580
T: 1300 361 099
T: 1300 361 099
SA - Leah Boyce
T: 08 8272 2966
T: 1300 361 099
VIC - Akeera Dharmapala
T: 03 9645 5533
WA - Claire Gerber
T: 08 6241 6100