News & Views

24th July 2017

Electrotechnology enrolments boosted in new VET system

24 Jul 2017

Last week’s release of the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) report into Government funded training highlighted a marginal increase in the number of students participating in Electrotechology courses over the previous year.

Electrotechnology, including the Certificate III in Electrotechnology, recorded the sixth highest number of students for training courses in 2016, with numbers marginally increasing by 1.4%. This increase addresses a three year downward trend in overall course numbers across the Electrotechology sector. Whilst course completion was lower in 2016, course enrolments remained steady with a small increase in take up over the previous year.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam, welcomed the news as a positive sign, following recent Government reforms to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.  

“Results showing a marginal boost to participation numbers over the past year are a positive sign for our industry. A key challenge for our industry is maintaining this momentum, following the reduction in apprentice completions and the retirement of older, highly skilled workers.”

“We are hopeful that participation numbers have now turned the corner and that we will continue to see an upswing in the take-up and completions of electrical apprenticeships in the years ahead. However, it is clear that ongoing Government incentives are still required, particularly in the area of mature aged apprentices,” Mr Manickam said.

NECA is the largest provider of electrotechnology training and skilling with two of every five electrical apprentices across Australia, a NECA apprentice.



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