I can’t remember a time as hectic and as busy as the last couple of months. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us some of the biggest life and work challenges about the way we operate.
At MTA Institute, we’ve worked hard to maintain our training continuity through the pandemic. Trainers and administration staff have accepted the challenges and maintained a professional approach to working with employers and training apprentices. Trainers have continued their on-site training, taking the appropriate precautions prior to entering and leaving their facilities. I must say, some of the resilience shown by business is great to see – wanting to help where they can when they are also dealing with their own challenges.
We’ve provided all our trainers with appropriate PPE and have had constant communication with all our stakeholders to support them through this time.
Our admin staff have worked from home and are now starting to come back into the office, but I don’t think it’ll ever be ‘business as usual’. However, getting the team back to close to pre-COVID normalcy is a goal.
Our courses at the Institute were suspended mid-March. However, all programs, including Apprentice Training Days, Pre-vocational courses and Short courses are now back and recommencing at the start of June 2020. Obviously, the Institute is taking the appropriate precautions regarding safety and hygiene and limiting the class numbers depending on the course requirements. It has been good to see the courses already reach maximum capacity giving some sign that training and the industry is coming back slowly.
It will be interesting to see where apprenticeship numbers go. I believe everyone is trying to hang in there and keep staff on, but the next couple of months will see where businesses are at with their workflows and, consequently, staffing requirements. To this effect, we are supported by the recently announced MTAQ Industry Skills Advisory (ISA) Role. The MTAQ ISA role will provide the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) with great intel to support automotive business in relation to training and skilling. Immediately, it will be how to support business through the COVID-19 crisis and will certainly be a great line of communication for the automotive industry to have its say back to government on what it wants in the way of training and skilling issues.
If there are any issues you have regarding workforce, training or skilling issues, please reach out and we’ll be able to help. Until next time, all the best.