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New pathway for developing electrotechnology skills

Novecom has taken on its first school leaver apprentice in electrotechnology to help develop its capability as a designer and manufacturer of environmental monitoring and data telemetry devices.

Former Novecom work experience student, Luke Williams, commenced at the start of 2023 as the company’s inaugural electrotechnology apprentice.

Under the supervision of David Leask and others in the highly experienced team, Luke will follow his passion for electronics, learning on the job from some of the best in the business.

Luke completed HSC at Gloucester High School last year, which incorporated the Electrotechnology Career Start course at Hunter TAFE Newcastle campus. He opted to take up this new apprenticeship as a pathway to a career in mechatronics, with the option of studying for a university degree after qualifying as an electronics technician.

Novecom Managing Director, Jeremy Pola, sees apprenticeships as being crucial in the mix of education options for those entering Australia’s workforce.

“Apprenticeships are at the heart of skills training in Australia, and to ensure we have a skilled workforce to address the future technology needs of our business we have brought Luke on board.

“An apprenticeship in electrotechnology provides the opportunity to develop skills in electronic system design, operation and maintenance.

“As our industrial technology becomes ever more complex, we need to keep pace with how to maintain and repair it,” said Jeremy.

Throughout Luke’s apprenticeship, he will not only get the theoretical training at TAFE, but he will also be applying these lessons and developing his skills in the workplace under the supervision of a highly skilled team of engineers and technicians.

“I believe that Luke will establish a very strong foundation throughout his apprenticeship and his options for future specialisation will be immense,” said Jeremy.

Luke’s ambition is to design and create robots to make jobs easier for people. He sees robots as taking on more of the repetitive tasks, leaving us humans to pursue more challenging and creative endeavours.

Jeremy Pola is keen to see other technology-focused school leavers follow the example of Luke and pursue alternative pathways for building skills for the future.