The inaugural MTA Queensland (MTAQ) Auto Initiation program has nearly concluded, with 13 students finishing the formal training units of the course at the MTA Queensland facility in Brisbane. The group will now complete the final two-week work placement element of the program, working with automotive businesses in the community, before receiving their Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Placement.
To celebrate the completion of the formal training units, an event was held at the MTAQ’s head office in Brisbane which was attended by students, employers, other stakeholders and Peter Russo MP, member of the Queensland Parliament and government representative, within whose constituency of Sunnybank the MTAQ head office is based.
The Auto Initiation program is delivered under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative and Mr Russo was on hand to offer his congratulations to the students, present each of them with a Certificate of Achievement recognising their accomplishments so far, and offer them encouragement as they move into work placement and then on into employment within the industry.
“This Auto Initiation project in which you are enrolled is one of the very first projects to be undertaken through the State Government’s reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work program,” said Mr Russo. “The course and this work placement will leave you in a solid position to obtain secure, long-term employment in the motor trades industry.”
Mr Russo also commented on the government’s confidence that the significant investment of funding with the MTAQ to deliver the Auto Initiation program would deliver concrete results to students, communities and the industry as a whole.
“MTAQ is using this funding to train men and women like you in a range of locations across the State,” said Mr Russo. “As well as this Brisbane program, which will train up to 80 participants, Auto Initiation projects are being delivered in Townsville, Mount Isa, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and at the Gold Coast.
“Altogether the funding for MTAQ is helping up to 260 disadvantaged job seekers to find and hold onto meaningful work in this industry.
“That we have committed funds for five separate projects demonstrates the faith we have in MTAQ to get the job done and successfully train these jobseekers, and I’d like to thank the Motor Trades Association of Queensland for organising this wonderful program that is supporting local people to learn new skills to improve their job prospects.”
A nine-week course, the Auto Initiation program is designed to give students both the basic skills and knowledge required to work in the automotive industry as well as training in the ‘life skills’ that will give them the confidence to be ‘job-ready’.
Within the five-week practical training element of the course, students are given instruction in a variety of tasks and skills, including how to apply safe work practices, the use and maintenance of workplace tools and equipment, the fundamentals of mechanical systems and electrical systems, and the removal and tagging of engine system components.
Two weeks of ‘life skills’ training covers elements such as language, literacy and numeracy, managing emotions, setting goals, financial management and First Aid. The final two weeks of the course are dedicated to work experience placements.
The Auto Initiation program is delivered under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative – an initiative designed to provide skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders.