The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will trial a new electrical apprenticeship program in 2013, aiming to improve electrical apprentice completion rates in Australia.
The national Managing Apprenticeship Program is a pilot initiative overseen by E-Oz Energy Skills Australia.
EE-Oz is the Industry Skills Council for the Energy sector and provides training package advice, leadership and industry intelligence.
Candidates who enter the program at NMIT will have an assigned industry mentor to help them stay on track with apprenticeship requirements, and be placed on an industry register for employer selection.
The apprenticeship is based on a ‘competency’ based system rather than the traditional ‘time’ based 4-year model, but if additional training is required, support services are available.
NMIT will offer the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-Apprenticeship) and Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (for apprentices) through its Heidelberg campus.
The Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) provides exposure to the various trades which come under the electrical industry umbrella. The course provides the opportunity to understand the electrical trades industry terminology, basic circuitry and colour coding which enables the student to communicate with prospective employers.
It allows potential apprenticeships in electrotechnology areas dealing with electronics, electrical trade, computer and security systems, HVAC and communications.
The Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician is an apprenticeship program specifically focused on electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises.
The national pilot is currently assessing candidates interested in an electrical career.
Contact NMIT on (03) 9269 8400 for more details.