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Getting the right fit for apprenticeships

Ongoing debate about declining apprenticeship numbers and the level of government funding in the training system ignore the reality that more needs to be done to attract the best person for the right apprenticeship, says the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

“Whilst the decline in apprenticeship numbers is concerning, that’s not... MORE

Disruption may be the name of the game in today's fast paced technological world... but could we minimise pain?

In this session NECA – the electrical industry’s peak employer body, invites integrators and end-users to share the challenges they face when sourcing, and even working with, electricians. As the electrician is often the last person to be brought into the process, we often find ourselves having to deliver bad news to either the integrator or the end-user in regards to the compatibility, or... MORE

A first for NECA at INTEGRATE 2017

For the first time NECA – in conjunction with our cabler registrar (ACRS), will be hosting an educational session at the 2017 Integrate show in Melbourne, on Wednesday 30 August 10.30am-12noon.

Disruption may be the name game in today’s fast-paced technological world…but could we minimise the pain?

In this session NECA – the electrical industry’s peak employer... MORE

Electrotechnology enrolments boosted in new VET system

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... MORE

Market Monitor 2016-17

This study – which is conducted every two years, covers a wide range of issues the industry is facing from general sentiment and business confidence, the purchase process – including decision making, ordering and the channels and methods used to purchase materials, through to feedback on the major wholesalers and manufacturers.  The study was open from December 2016 to April 2017 and we had... MORE

A Faulty Electric Blanket can be fatal

Following a recent house fire in NZ – caused by a faulty electric blanket, we are reminded of the importance of checking all electrical appliances that we bring out for the winter.

NECA also recommends the following 10 helpful safety checks rules:

  1. Have all electrical equipment checked at least once a year.
  2. Don’t let children sleep with an electric blanket switched... MORE

Preparing young Australians for jobs

The Australian Government has recently announced a new approach to encourage small businesses to provide internships and placements to help prepare young Australians for work.  

The program called “Youth Jobs PaTH or Prepare-Trial-Hire” helps small businesses by allowing them to trial a young person in a work-experience placement (called a PaTH internship) to find out their suitability... MORE

Member Survey - Murray Review into security of payment laws

NECA has been a strong advocate for Security of Payment reform and has been an active participant in the Australian Government’s Review of Security of Payments legislation.  

On 21 December 2016, the Government announced a review of this legislation across the building and construction industry and appointed Mr John Murray AM as its lead. The link to the announcement is at... MORE

Payroll tax relief for apprentices highlights clever Tasmanian Budget

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has hailed the Tasmanian Government’s 2017-18 Budget announcement of payroll tax relief for the employment of apprentices and trainees aged 15-24 years as clever and instrumental to helping deliver skilled electrical apprentices.

This year’s Budget, delivered by Treasurer Peter Gutwein, includes $17.1 million of funding to... MORE

Small Business and Infrastructure opportunities for Electrical Contractors

“Whilst there are no big ticket items for our sector in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, a stable economic outlook, coupled with increased infrastructure spending and small business concessions will be a benefit to the industry,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

 

“NECA is pleased with the Government... MORE

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