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VET FEE-HELP Reforms approved

The Federal Government’s Higher Education Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015 passed through the Senate last week with the support of the Opposition and minor parties.

The new rules, which come into effect from 1 January 2016 provide greater protections for students and seeks to increase the standards of the VET sector through the stamping out of unscrupulous marketing and... MORE

Melbourne narrow house sends a powerful message

Melbourne’s 5x4 Hayes Lane Project, located less than a kilometre from the Central Business District in East Melbourne sends a powerful message about the future importance of solar energy.

The project, built on a narrow strip of land, with just a five metre x four metre footprint is an eco-driven design and is one of the first homes in Melbourne to generate, store and control its own... MORE

Apprentices, trainees, students and host employers shine at awards

Apprentices, trainees, students and host employers were the stars of the NECA Education & Careers Awards held at Crown Casino on Tuesday 27 October 2015.

This important night is one of the highlights of the year where we acknowledge and celebrate the success of our students, apprentices, trainees and host employers.

Each year we are blown away by the standard of the... MORE

Apprentice death - a tragic reminder

The National Electrical and Communications Association reminds all electrical apprentices, electricians and contractors about the dangers of working with live electricity, following the death of a young apprentice in Victoria.

The 21 year old third year apprentice was electrocuted after carrying out unsupervised work in the roof of a friend’s house.

“This tragic event is a... MORE

New Drug and Alcohol policy commences

Recent amendments to the Building Code 2013, with the intent to improve construction site work health and safety, have now commenced following last month’s Senate approval.

The new fitness for work amendments to the code requires head contractors on 150 federally funded construction projects under the Building Code 2013 to maintain a code compliant drug and alcohol policy that... MORE

College concerns reinforce the need for VET sector vigilance and reform

Media reports in relation to the practices of an Australia-wide training provider further reinforces the need for VET sector vigilance and reform, says the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Suresh Manickam.

“Today’s reports claiming that a training provider has used door-to-door salespeople, offering free laptops and fake exam results to target... MORE

Electrical Apprentices can’t be forgotten

The status and perception of Vocational Education and trade-based careers must be lifted and refocused to ensure that students are fully aware of their future pathways, says Suresh Manickam, the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association.

“NECA believes that quality education, skills and training initiatives are critical for the development and growth of the... MORE

NECA NSW Excellence and Apprentice Awards

The best electrical and communications contractors in New South Wales were recognised on Friday, 11 September at the Excellence Awards held at the Star Event Centre in front of 680 attendees.

Excellence Awards were presented in ten categories, covering projects valued from under $1 million to greater than $8 million.

“This has been an exceptional year for NSW in terms of the... MORE

Construction may be king but apprentices hold the key

Right now, Australia needs good economic news and the rebound in Australia’s building and construction sector, reported this week – primarily as a result of residential construction – is the good news that has the potential to see us steadily grow for a number of years.

“Whilst it’s... MORE

NECA QLD Excellence and Apprentice Awards

The best Queensland (QLD) electrical and communications contractors and apprentices were recognised at the annual electrical industry Excellence and Apprentice Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA). 

In the Excellence Awards, NECA QLD awarded eight major awards and one commendation across eight categories and in the... MORE

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