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In this month’s newsletter we continue a series of profiles featuring the chairs of each of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support. The chairs have a wealth of experience in their relevant industries but have one thing in common – they are all passionate advocates of Vocational Educational and Training and proud to see how it can improve their industries and the lives of those working in them.
This month we profile the Chair of the Electrotechnology IRC, Larry Moore.
How did you come to work in your industry?
I have been involved in the electrotechnology industry since 1964. I started as an apprentice electrical fitter with General Motors Holden and subsequently worked mainly in the construction and maintenance departments. I left GM Holden after 28 years having reached the position of Electrical Trades Supervisor. I then joined the National Electrical Contractors Association South Australian (SA) Chapter in 1996 as Industrial Relations Manager.
What is your current role?
In 1998, I was appointed as the Executive Director of the NECASA/NT and Secretary of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association SA and have been managing the affairs of those organisations ever since.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the management of dedicated professional and highly skilled employees at NECASA/NT. I appreciate being able to oversee the development of products and services that assist electrical, communications and refrigeration/air conditioning contractors run successful businesses.
An equally pleasing aspect of the job is the recent establishment and rapid development of our Group Training Organisation, NECA Careers and Apprenticeships, which has a major focus on providing our members and industry with highly trained and skilled workforce.
Why are you an advocate for Vocational Education and Training?
I am a passionate believer in the VET system. I believe the system provides the right blend of on- and off-the-job competency-based training to satisfy the needs of both employees and employers.
I also believe the career opportunities for school graduates in our industries are many and varied, with the possibilities limited only by their desire to succeed.
What has your organisation done to develop the skills of your workforce?
My organisation both locally and across Australia provides apprenticeships and traineeships and upskilling to thousands of employees in the building and construction industry. We have the largest established electrotechnology GTO and RTO network in the country. This means I have been actively involved with Industry Skills Councils at both state and federal levels for decades, and able to ensure appropriate training is available and provided to our industry sectors.
What are you passionate about? What makes you smile?
I am passionate about watching and assisting young people achieve their career goals. I do get great satisfaction when I come across successful people in the electrotechnology sectors, knowing I had some small part in their development over the years.
I am also a very passionate supporter and member of the Manchester United Football Club which unfortunately has given me little to smile about of late.