Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Today, peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), supported calls to place a renewed focus on maths and physics at secondary school.

NECA was responding to an industry skills council that said the average result in some apprentice tests involving maths and physics was 57% compared to 70% in previous years.

NECA chief executive office, Mr James Tinslay, said while the electrical industry was attracting large numbers of apprentices it is still important for the next generation of apprentices to have solid numeracy skills when they leave school and not rely on tertiary education to fill the void.

“NECA has experienced record applications and completion of apprenticeships in its group training companies throughout Australia. It is promising to see so many young people making a career out of learning a trade but it is not surprising when you consider the massive opportunities in the industry,” Mr Tinslay said.

“As the number of new apprenticeships grow to help manage skill shortages in the electrical and communications industry, it is important that vocational training focus on workplace skills and not substitute for schooling.”

With large infrastructure projects such as the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the boom in mining operations in Australia, it is a great time to begin a career in the electrical industry.

“The industry will continue to grow and NECA expects to see more apprentices begin their careers in the coming years. There can be a gap between year 10, year 12 and entry levels of maths and physics required to undertake and electrical apprenticeships and this needs addressing.

“NECA supports calls for a renewed focus on these skills at secondary school to help students prepare for a career in the electrical and communications industry,” Mr Tinslay said.


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National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA

NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
Dominic Feenan - Media and Communications Manager
P: 02 9439 8523
M: 0457 767 328
W: www.neca.asn.au


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