NECA welcomes $60M investment in rural VET education
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has welcomed the Government’s investment of $60 million in a trial wage subsidy aimed at encouraging regional and rural employers to engage apprentices across selected trades.
“This is welcome news for the electrotechnology sector and will help address the current and future shortage of quality electrical apprentices Australia is facing, particularly in rural and regional areas,” said NECA chief executive Suresh Manickam.
“NECA believes that quality education, skills and training initiatives are critical for the development and long-term future of the electrical trade. This investment will support local communities and family-run businesses while opening opportunities for young people to pursue a career in the trades.”
NECA has strongly argued that VET education is just as important as a university degree and continues to call on all levels of government to actively promote trades career pathways as both viable and rewarding.
“It is encouraging to see the Government making a commitment to support business needs and build a quality workforce. We look forward to the outcome of what is an encouraging trial,” said Suresh.
NECA, working with its partner Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations, currently provides employment and ongoing skills development for around 4,000 apprentices across Australia.