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NECA names electrical industry teacher of the year

At a time when industry is calling for more training modules and qualified teachers, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has named a SkillsTech Australia teacher, David McKee, as the Electrical Trade Teacher of the Year for 2008.

McKee has provided a flexible learning model so students, in conjunction with their employers, can choose where and when learning occurs, said NECA. He also caters for mature age or advanced students that have considerable knowledge but do not fit RPL guidelines.

McKee will receive $5,000 cash to put towards professional development from the Institute of Trade Skills Excellence (ITSE).

“It is a great honour in the sense that I have been working away, doing what I do, and to be recognised nationally is tremendous,” said McKee.

“I intend to use the prize to bring together a number of people’s thoughts on alternative delivery styles. I hope to meet with training providers in Western Australia and Tasmania and other states, to learn what they are doing and further develop our alternative delivery methods, for the benefit of SkillsTech as well as all Registered Training Organisations in electrical.”

McKee and SkillsTech Australia are based in Queensland. Visit

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