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Pilot program sparks new opportunities for NMIT electrical apprentices

19 Dec 2012

NMIT has been selected to trial a new electrical apprenticeship program in 2013, offering individuals the chance to complete their apprenticeship when deemed competent.

The national Managing Apprenticeship Program (MAP) pilot program is an initiative overseen by E-Oz Energy Skills Australia to focus on improving electrical apprentice completion rates in Australia.

EE-Oz is the Industry Skills Council for the Energy sector and provides training package advice, leadership and industry intelligence.

“We are delighted to be participating in a new, national pilot within the Electrotechnology industry,” said David Delle-Vergin, Head of Computer Systems and Electrotechnology at NMIT.

Candidates who enter the program will receive significant benefits, including 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 was carefully selected to be part of the pilot, which reflects the strength of its reputation in the electrotechnology industry. The institute offers the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-Apprenticeship) and Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (for apprentices) through its Heidelberg campus.

“NMIT has always taken great pride in being leading innovators in this area and we are always excited to provide the best possible outcomes to all parties involved,” said DelleVergin.

The national pilot is currently assessing candidates interested in an electrical career. Contact NMIT on (03) 9269 8400 or for more details.

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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