Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Mr Rod Grondein of the College of Electrical Training (CET), based in Perth WA has won the Trade Teacher of the Year for 2010 at the annual electrical industry Excellence Awards hosted by peak electrical industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

The award recognises those teaching in the electrical industry who consistently deliver Excellence in Teaching, Innovative Practice, and Client Satisfaction from both the students and employers.

Mr Grondein accepted his award in front of over 500 attendees from across the electrotechnology industry and has attributed his win to all the fantastic support he has received from the Executive and Management of the NECA WA Group. Rod stated that his greatest desire is to be a constant inspiration to his students, and in return his reward is the inspiration he receives from them.

Mr Geoff Hender, General Manager of CET said “The College of Electrical Training is particularly proud of Rod’s achievements as a vocational teacher and the way he goes about his profession. He is a very special person who loves teaching and is a well-deserved winner of this award.”

About CET
The College of Electrical Training (CET) is one of only two ITSE 3-star (maximum) rated electrical RTO’s in Australia and is an integral part of the NECA WA Group, which consists of the National Electrical and Communications Association – WA Chapter (NECA WA), the College of Electrical Training (CET), and Electrical Group Training (EGT).

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. The CET currently delivers a number of ‘School to Work’ programs to year 11 students, offering the Certificate II in Electrotechnology – Career Start as a pre-apprentice qualification to a number of schools.

CET’s Southern Campus at Jandakot was recently officially opened by the Federal Member for Fremantle, Ms Melissa Parke, at a ceremony in July 2010 and the College is working with the WA State Government to secure land in Joondalup north of Perth to build a third campus and continue to address the workforce development needs of the WA electrical industry.

The College of Electrical Training recently won the WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2010 amongst some high quality opposition, and as a result was a Finalist in contention for National Small Training Provider of the Year 2010 against other state winners.


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