August, 2017

Blink and you’ll miss it . . . that’s what 2017 feels like so far!

We have come to the end of the financial year and are making our way towards the end of the 2017.

However, before I get too far ahead of myself, I usually take the time to look at the number of students we’ve helped throughout the financial year.

Overall, the number of automotive apprentices (light vehicle, heavy vehicle, auto electrical, collision repair and refinishing, motorcycle, etc.) has decreased in Queensland from 5,027 (June 2016) to 4,951 (June 2017). This is an overall decrease of 1.6 per cent.

In fact, over the last 5 years, the total pool of automotive apprentices and trainees in-training throughout Australia has declined by 16.8 per cent. This is an alarming stat. However, it’s not surprising given the reduction in the number of apprentices entering the industry every year. I’ve heard the reasons for this – from the poor quality of available candidates to the problems with attraction and retention.

The MTA Institute has, and always will, endeavour to work on these issues to enable access to better quality candidates and promote the automotive industry as a fantastic and rewarding career choice. In fact, the MTA Institute has increased its apprentices ‘in training’ from 1,537 (June 2016) to 1,575 (June 2017) – a 2.5 per cent increase.

We have worked hard over the last 12 months to not only support the apprentices through their training, but also to work with employers to make ‘the system’ easier to navigate. We know it’s tough enough to keep the business going without any added distractions, and our trainers and administration team have worked hard to support employers with apprentices to keep things moving along without any disturbance.

Now, whilst we cannot control the number of employers putting on apprentices – nor apprentices leaving due to unforeseen circumstance – I just wanted to highlight that we give every effort to make the apprenticeship system as simple as possible for employers and as rewarding as possible for apprentices to make it work for all parties involved. We want employers not to have to make a decision about who should do their apprenticeship training, but rather know that to get the training done right, and without any hassles, all you have to do is choose MTA Institute.