Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
The NECA WA Group, consisting of the National Electrical and Communications Association – WA Chapter (NECA WA), the College of Electrical Training (CET), and Electrical Group Training (EGT) attended the WA Training Awards in the Bellevue Ballroom at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 27 August 2010.

The event was attended by the Hon. Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development, and showcased the high quality of training in Western Australia with awards across a range of categories including WA Small Business of the Year, WA VET in Schools Excellence, and WA Small/Large/International Training Provider of the Year, plus a number of student and apprentice awards.

This year the NECA WA Group had two nominations up for an award.

The College of Electrical Training was a finalist for WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2010, and ended up winning the category amongst some high quality opposition.

Electrical Group Training had an apprentice up for WA Apprentice of the Year 2010 with Emma-Jane Potter, who recently came runner up in NECA WA’s Industrial Apprentice of the Year 2010 and won the EnergySafety Apprentice Safety Award at the function on 20 August, plus for the last two years has also taken home the gold medal for her year in the EGT Apprentice of the Year Awards. Emma-Jane has also recently returned from “Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Leaders” – an intensive program for high achievers and potential industry leaders held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week.

General Manager of EGT, Mr Stuart Diepeveen said “EGT management and staff continue to be impressed with top performing apprentices like Emma-Jane. To make it to the top 4 apprentices in the state is an outstanding effort and yet another achievement in Emma's well rewarded career. She is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished by anyone at any stage in their life or career. Well done Emma."

Mr Geoff Hender, General Manager of CET added “Being selected as a finalist and then winning the WA Small Training Provider of the Year is recognition of the College’s excellent achievements in the Vocational Education sector over the past 15 years.”

The NECA WA group has a long standing commitment to training in the State of Western Australia. In the last few years EGT has doubled its apprentice numbers, and will be adding a further 250 new electrical apprentices over the 2010/11 financial year, consolidating its position as the largest employer of electrical apprentices in Australia. They also have over 400 host employers on their books training a total of more than 650 apprentices for the industry, and heading toward 700 by the end of 2010. Recently, EGT also won the Worksafe Plan Gold Certificate of Achievement award – an excellent result.

Two other apprentices from EGT were chosen as Finalists in the annual Group Training Australia (WA) Apprentice of the Year Awards, with Matthew Bamborough nominated for GTAWA Apprentice of the Year and Tom Peckitt nominated for the GTAWA Safety Award.

CET has doubled the number of students in training to around 2,000 per year, and now trains more than 50% of all electrical apprentices in the State. With over 70 courses available, CET delivers everything from Certificate III in Electrotechnology for young apprentices, through to advanced post-trade training for electricians and contractors. CET has also been working towards the introduction of School-based Apprenticeships to allow young people in Years 11 and 12 to begin training in a trade while still at secondary school.


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National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) - WA Chapter

NECA is the peak industry body representing electrical and communication contractors in Australia.
Graeme Healey - WA Manager, Marketing & Member Services
P: 1300 NECA WA (6322 92)
M: 0402 215 542


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