NEC Australia wins coveted industry prize and Joe Kellie named Trainee of the Year at 2023 NT Training Awards

NEC Australia was awarded the Large Employer of the Year at the NT Training Awards hosted by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. The NT Training Awards acknowledges NEC as a lead member of the ICT Industry Association of the NT (ICTNT), an organisation focused on the future needs of the ICT industry including the training required to support the adoption and maintenance of recent tech as they are deployed in the local marketplace.

Why was NEC Australia named winner of the category?

NEC has been providing ICT services across the Northern Territory for more than 23 years and is a significant long-term provider of ICT services for the Northern Territory Government. NEC Australia has more than 180 employees and a 40-strong partner network servicing metro, regional and remote communities across the Northern Territory region, and remains committed to investing in training to continue developing the IT sector in the top end.

NEC Regional Manager for Northern Territory, Damien Charles, celebrates this recognition by the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade of NEC’s commitment to creating jobs that enable people to work, live and raise their families across the Northern Territory.

“We are extremely proud to be recognised as the NT Training Awards Large Employer of the Year, celebrating NEC’s commitment to developing innovative employment strategies that develop career pathways for our trainees across all industries, particularly as the Northern Territory’s largest private sector ICT employer. NEC is helping build capabilities in location industry through our numerous programs and experts,” Damien Charles commented.

“The accolade is testament to NEC’s partnership with Northern Territory customers to support them to overcome their challenges and meet their commitments by delivering innovative end to end ICT solutions in a continuously changing environment,” Charles said.

“NEC has a proud history of working closely with the Northern Territory Government and local industry partners in delivering services across the full breadth of the NT. Our investment in our people has always assisted us in being able to work with our customers to provide solutions and responses that help overcome the many challenges faced by NT communities.”

What does Kellie’s award mean for NEC Australia?

Additionally, NEC was also recognised for its investment in its people, with Thanapat (Joe) Kellie named NT Trainee of the Year. Thanapat Kellie works as an Associate Network Engineer as part of NEC’s Network Management Contract and completed his Traineeship in 2022.

“This is fantastic reward for Joe’s unparalleled hard work and professionalism throughout his training. NEC understands the need to support and develop ICT professionals to ensure skills are nurtured and maintained within the Northern Territory. This is critical to building local industry capability and ensuring the necessary experience is available to build a brighter future for the wider economy and communities of the Northern Territory,” Charles further added.

NEC and Joe Kellie will join other finalists from across the states and territories for the chance to win the National Large Employer and Trainee of the Year Awards in Hobart this November.