Support for Apprentices | NECA

Support for Apprentices

As many members would be aware over the past two years, NECA was contracted by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training to deliver Mentoring Services under the Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program. The aim of the Industry Specialist Mentoring service was to increase the retention rates of Apprentices in the first two years of training and, as a result, improve completion rates and increase the supply of skilled workers in the industry sector.

In South Australia and Northern Territory we had the great pleasure of employing Rob Anderson as our Apprentice Mentor, who did an excellent job of recruiting and mentoring 164 apprentices.

Unfortunately the contract and associated funding for the program ceased on 31 December 2019 and as a consequence all ISMAA-related operations are no longer available.

Notwithstanding the ending of this program, we still have a range of support mechanisms available for our members and their apprentices.

Apprentices employed by NECA Careers & Apprenticeships (NCA) will receive ongoing mentoring and support from their staff Craig Mitchell and Russell Drysdale.

Members who directly employ apprentices can gain support through NECA SA/NT as our Workplace Relations Advisor, Dain Venning, who is on hand to assist and advise members on employment, legal and contractual matters. Support is also available through the Apprenticeship Network Provider (MEGT or MAS National) so please don’t hesitate to contact them if you are having any issues. In the unlikely event that there are disputes, the Office of the Training Advocate can act as a mediator between all parties to assist and resolve those issues.

Furthermore, health and wellbeing support is available through MATES in Construction, Beyond Blue, LifeLine and more.

We sincerely thank you for your support of this program, it is greatly appreciated.


Key Contacts to Support Your Apprentice

NECA SA/NT - (08) 8272 2966

MEGT - 13 69 63

MAS National - 1300 627 628

Office of the Training Advocate - 1800 006 488 

MATES In Construction - 1300 642 111

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

LifeLine - 13 11 14