Aspiring electrical apprentices wanted

A level three electrical engineering course is starting in Tauranga on September 28. Photo: Supplied.

The Electrical Training Company is calling for aspiring Tauranga electrical apprentices to enroll in a foundation course due to start in September.

ETCO national learning manager Bradley Hepi says the year-long electrical engineering course prepares students to step straight into an apprenticeship, and now the Level 3 course is at no cost thanks to the government’s fees-free initiative.

“There are a number of young people that might not have the qualifications needed to go straight into the Level 4 programme. This course is the bridge for that.”

Described as a ‘springboard’ towards an electrical career, the Level 3 course covers electrical theory and soft skills needed for every work environment.

Around 88 per cent of people that complete it are taken on as ETCO apprentices. Others often find work in alternative electrical fields.

Bradley says they currently only have four enrolments for the Tauranga course, despite reaching full capacity in other regions.

“We want 20 students, but we only have four at the moment. It is puzzling why the Bay is so slow to take up this opportunity.”

Bradley says a wide range of people are enrolling into the course across the rest of the country. This includes school leavers, people wanting a change in career path and those made redundant due to COVID-19.

“By doing their course with ETCO, it’s like a 40-week-long interview. They are at the front of the queue to go from their foundation course into their apprenticeship.”

Anyone interested in the Tauranga course, which starts on September 28, is encouraged to back themselves and give it a go.

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