2020 NECA Excellence Awards

2020 NECA Excellence & Apprentice Awards postponed/transformed 

It is with great disappointment that subject to Government restrictions to limit mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NECA has determined the best course of action is for the 2020 NECA National Excellence & Apprentice Awards Ceremonies to be cancelled from the National events program this year.

Excellence Awards

The Victorian Excellence Awards event, which recognise outstanding professionalism, commitment and innovation within the electrical and communications industry, will be held late August 2021. It will combine and acknowledge both 2020 and 2021 finalists and award one winner for each category. This winner will then progress to the 2020/2021 National Awards event in November 2021.

Apprentice Awards

NECA Victoria selected six finalists for our state 2020 Apprentice of the Year Award.  They are:

L-R top: Chris Nabbout, Quinn Dang Lynch & Nicholas Henricks; all in the Commercial/Domestic category.

L-R bottom: Ryleigh Dundon, Communications Category; and Adelaide Campion & Matthew Spithoven, Industrial Category.

We had hoped to hold an intimate awards event in November 2020, but events overtook that possibility.  Instead, we have featured our six finalists on our social channels and we announce the winner there at 7.30pm on Thursday September 17. The 2020 Apprentice Award Winner will also be invited to attend the 2021 Victorian Excellence & Apprentice Awards dinner in August 2021 where they will be acknowledged and recognised in front of over 800 guests.

Our President, Dean Spicer had some words to say about the Award:

And the 2020 NECA Victoria Apprentice of the Year Award goes to..... 

Nicholas Henricks!

Congratulations to Nick from Stowe Australia.


FAQ on the other awards:

These decisions were not made lightly, we know that you may have a lot of questions and we have answered some of these below. If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact Shandelle DeVincentis via email at shandelle.devincentis@neca.asn.au or 0437 482 044.

What if I have already submitted a project for the Excellence Awards?

Will it be considered in 2021? Yes, we appreciate all the hard work you have put towards submitting a project for the 2020 Awards. All award entries completed and submitted in 2020 will carry over to the Awards events held in 2021.

When will you be cutting off entries for the Excellence Awards event in 2021?

The Awards submission portal has now closed off for 2020 submissions. It will re-open late January until mid-April to submit projects for the combine 2020/2021 Awards. Further updates will be provided to members closer to the time.

What do I need to know about the 2020 Excellence Awards judging process?

While Government restrictions around physical distancing and travel prevents judges from inspecting projects in person on site, all projects submitted in 2020 will not be judged until May 2021. 

What if I’ve already submitted a 2020 Award entry, will this be considered for the 2020 National Awards? 

No, government restrictions on mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevent NECA from holding a National Apprentice Awards event 2020. 

Will the 2020 Victorian Apprentice Awards still be going ahead?

Yes. 4th year apprentices who have entered the 2020 Vic Apprentice Awards and meet the awards criteria will be judged in 2020 and awarded in a small ceremony in November 2020 to celebrate the occasion. In lieu of a National Apprentice Award, winners from 2020 will also be invited to attend the 2020/2021 Victorian award dinner where they will be acknowledged in front of 800 guests.

Will winners from the 2020 Victorian Apprentice Awards be eligible to contest for the 2020/2021 National Apprentice Awards?

The 2021 National Apprentice Award will only acknowledge the 2021 State Apprentice Winners.

What if I plan on entering an apprentice in the 2021 Apprentice Awards?

The portal will re-open late January for you to nominate an apprentice. The 2021 finalists will be celebrated at the 2020/2021 Excellence & Apprentice Awards late August 2021. Winners will be forwarded to the National Awards in November 2021. Applicants may only enter one category and must not have been previously nominated. 

What do I need to know about the Awards judging process?

It is not expected Government restrictions around physical distancing and travel will hinder judges conducting Apprentice interviews in person at NECA’s office in South Melbourne. Should judges not be permitted to travel, judging will be done remotely based on the written submission and an online interview. All applicants must be employed by a NECA member or NECA Group Training. Applicants may only enter one category and must not have been previously nominated.

Still have questions?

Contact our Events Co-ordinator – Shandelle De Vincentis via email at shandelle.devincentis@neca.com.au or call 0437 482 044. 


NECA Victoria
Level 12, 222 Kings Way
South Melbourne, 3205
Ph: 1300 300 031
Email: necavic@neca.asn.au