MTA Institute staff have managed and facilitated numerous projects under the banner of Employability Skills Training. For example:
- The Automotive Mentor Advisor Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) which saw strong involvement in promoting the automotive industry to the broader community attending careers expos and industry events. Queensland advisers had delivered the “MAAP message”
to over 7,500 recipients; 5,000 school students, attended 25 careers expos, conducted 85 group information sessions, contacted more than 500 employers and 1,500 teachers, parents and trainers. The mentors guided over 450 apprentices through their first year of an apprenticeship recording a huge retention rate of 95% of apprentices in the program continuing into second year.
- Delivering indigenous employment programs, to provide Indigenous Australians with the opportunity to work in the collision repair sector.
This program was a great success as many of the clients enrolled in either a paint or panel apprenticeship.
- Delivering the AccelR8 Program
to assist the transition of grade 12 students in a 12-month program into an apprenticeship after completing their final school year. This program aims to help successful students acquire the necessary points towards their QCE and go straight into the workforce once they have completed grade 12.
- Developed and implemented the Auto Initiation program. This program successfully provided participants with the fundamental skills required to work in the automotive industry and the opportunity to gain a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation. Whilst offering comprehensive training in the basics of the automotive mechanical trade, it also provided coaching in ‘life skills’ – employability elements crucial to move successfully into full-time work. It was delivered to participants in Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast.
MTA Institute works with automotive employers and associations and provides a direct link into the supply chain of automotive jobs. With the nation’s on-road stock of vehicles approaching 18 million and the continual addition of almost half a million extra vehicles a year, this can only have positive effects on career prospects and future employment within the industry.
Recruitment into the industry has identified barriers such as a lack of basic technical knowledge and not understanding career options involved in the automotive industry. This in turn has impacted on attracting quality participants into the industry.
Employability training is of value to industry and this program provides the industry the potential workforce with the right skill set to suit today’s technically complex and highly skilled automotive areas.
MTA Institute will coordinate with the following industry bodies and employers to promote the industry experiences:
- Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) – the peak body for the automotive retail, service and repair industry.
- Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) – the national industry body which represents the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology.
- Engagement with employers in light vehicle mechanical, heavy commercial vehicle, collision repair and refinishing, parts and tyre retailing, agricultural, mining and mobile plant sectors.
Over both Block 1 & Block 2 it will be 3 weeks, 3 days per week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Start 8.00am, finish 5.00pm.
MTA Institute is based in Eight Mile Plains at the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence. This world-class facility utilises the very latest equipment, technology and training techniques to ensure clients get the best possible educational experience. MTA Institute’s team of educators are experienced industry experts and clients can expect to gain knowledge and skills that can lead to rewarding careers in the automotive industry.
8/2728 Logan Road
Eight Mile Plains, Qld, 4113
Phone: (07) 3722 3000