Employability Skills Training

This program is focusing on providing work, life and employability skills with high quality training to support clients looking to engage in a job within the automotive industry.

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The key objectives of the program are to provide job ready participants through:

  • Upfront, realistic expectations, of work involved in the automotive industry;
  • Development of basic work, social and life skills;
  • Simulated automotive workplace training;
  • Industry awareness experience via employer site visits; and
  • Overarching support to help gain and retain potential employment opportunities.

The program is underpinned by the AUR10116 Certificate 1 in Automotive Vocational Preparation. Whilst there are no pre-requisites required before undertaking either Block 1 course and/or Block 2 course, employers in the industry indicate having a driver’s licence is a key element in employability.

Learning Outcomes

Block 1 and Block 2 will be run one after another to give the client the best overall experience. In Block 1, clients will have assistance to develop their language literacy & numeracy during a pre-learning assessment phase.

Block 1 learning outcomes will include client’s development of:

  • Communication skills, understanding motivation, goal setting and managing emotion;
  • Undertaking mathematical calculations in workplace activities and checking and communicating results;
  • Preparing to read automotive workplace text and identifying key information in text;
  • Confirming, understanding and responding to automotive text;
  • Identifying and applying basic safety practices and procedures in the workplace and basic emergency procedures in the workplace;
  • Identifying methods of controlling hazards to stormwater and wastewater drainage systems;
  • Identifying methods of protecting air quality and controlling noise hazards; and
  • Identifying general workplace sustainability practices

Block 2 learning outcomes will include client’s development of:

  • New resume targeted towards their individual goals;
  • Ability to answer interview questions with confidence;
  • Improved personal presentation;
  • Selecting and using tools and equipment;
  • Servicing, maintaining and storing workplace tools and equipment;
  • Preparing for and undertaking workplace activities;
  • Completing work processes;
  • Demonstrating knowledge of electrical system by locating and identifying electrical systems and components; and
  • Demonstrating knowledge of mechanical systems by locating and identify mechanical systems and components.

Overall, clients will have acquired industry skills and some technical ability to adapt to an automotive employment prospect. MTA Institute will continue to work with clients post course should employment opportunities present themselves.

Start dates will be:

  • Tuesday, 7th August 2018
  • Tuesday, 9th October 2018
  • Tuesday, 5th February 2019
  • Tuesday, 9th April 2019
  • Tuesday, 4th June 2019

For employment regions Brisbane South East, Gold Coast, Somerset & Wivenhoe.

On successful completion of Block 1 or Block 2, clients may be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment for the units in the respective blocks. Clients who have successfully completed both blocks may be eligible to receive a nationally recognised qualification in a Certificate 1 in Automotive Vocational Preparation.


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.

About Us

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.

Training Venue

MTA Institute
8/2728 Logan Road
Eight Mile Plains, Qld, 4113


Kym Woodley
Email: courses@mtai.edu.au
Phone: (07) 3722 3000