Queensland’s automotive peak industry body, the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is excited for the MTAQ Racing Team to line up for the second year in a row in the fast and furious world of motorsport. Led by director…
REED LENNOX IS the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for February 2018.
TIM WARD is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for January.
In February, Corby began a two-week work experience placement at Triple Eight Race Engineering in Banyo.
The MTA Institute held its first graduation ceremony in February, acknowledging the effort of apprentices who completed their studies between July and December 2017.
Nominate you star apprentice! Capricorn Rising Stars is a new initiative enabling Capricorn Members recognise, reward and retain high performing apprentices. These are apprentices who show initiative in the workshop, eagerness to learn and…
Joel Travers is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for December. The 21-year-old automotive refinishing technology apprentice is in his third year of training and has been working at Extreme Dents in Geebung since 2015. An enthusiastic…
Following an incredibly eventful and action-packed year, the MTAQ Racing Team is gearing up for a second year and are looking for Support Crew members! Led by driver and program director David Wood, the successful applicants will be an integral…
The automotive industry is entering a phase of rapid change. We are facing the greatest level of technological disruption seen since the inception of cars and the future of motor trades has two clear paths; innovate and succeed in the new era of technology, or proceed with business as usual, and become obsolete.
MTAI is excited to announce the launch of apprentice graduation ceremonies from 2018.
Learn more about Jack Goodrich, the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for November.
The MTA Institute is launching a new round of its pre-apprenticeship vocational preparation courses in the new year.
Recently a Student Outcomes Survey report was completed summarising the satisfaction levels of MTA Institute (MTAI) graduates
The MTA Institute (MTAI) is thrilled to offer two new courses: The Motor Dealer Wrecker Course and the Motor Wrecker Salesperson Course.
Elliott Lemmon has enjoyed a two weeks work experience at Triple Eight Race Engineering headquarters at Banyo as part of his Apprentice of the Year prize.
In accordance with the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014, all motor dealers whether an individual or a large business, must be licensed to work in Queensland.
The MTA Institute (MTAI) (RTO No. 31529) is the largest private provider of automotive apprenticeship training in Queensland. With over 1,600 apprentices and trainees state-wide, the Institute has developed a reputation for excellence, flexibility and professionalism.
On November 19, 2016, at the MTA Queensland’s President’s Ball held in the elegant surrounds of the Hilton Brisbane, 20-year-old Jamahl Byrne was named MTA Institute’s Apprentice of the Year.
MTA Institute (MTAI) is thrilled to see our grade 12 AccelR8 students successfully completed a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preperation.
With the rise of uptake in electric and autonomous vehicles, many new opportunities will present themselves, including the production of hybrid/electric and autonomous vehicles and their components.
Over the past four years the MTA Institute (MTAI) have had the great pleasure of welcoming international students from Daejeon, South Korea to the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence.
On Saturday the 28th of October, MTA Queensland hosted the 2017 President's Ball, where Elliott Lemmon was announced as the MTA Institute 2017 Apprentice of the Year.
If you're a licensed motor dealer it's very important to note that you no longer have the option to sell cars privately.
South East Queensland employers have up to 30,000 reasons to hire a young person with the Queensland Government’s expansion of their $20,000 Youth Boost Payment in combination with the Federal Government’s Youth Wage Subsidy of up to $10,000*
On Tuesday the 10th of October, MTA Institute (MTAI) was thrilled to welcome Kawasaki Motors Australia to the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of of Excellence
Each year, MTA Queensland and the MTA Institute searches for one apprentice to be named Apprentice of the Year
In Queensland alone over 250 000 people will undertake publicly funded training every year with 25 per cent of this group completing either a Cert I or Cert II (traineeship) and 50.6 per cent of this group completing a Cert III (Apprenticeship).
On Tuesday the 26th of September, MTA Institute and Sarina Russo presented a Free information session regarding wage subsidies for employers of up to $30, 000.
Each month the MTA Institute recognises apprentices that have been performing at an exception level by awarding them the prestigious title of MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month.
Over 1,500 apprentices train with MTA Institute throughout Queensland. This makes winning the prestigious title of MTAQ Apprentice of the Month an incredible achievement and something all apprentices can work towards.
WorldSkills Australia offers unique opportunities that inspire and reward talented trades and skills people.
MTA Institute (MTAI) is thrilled to enter a long-term, mutually rewarding partnership with Kawasaki Motors Australia and is the grateful recipient of a Kawasaki Versys 650L and other Kawasaki training aids.
Happening 28 August to 3 September, National Skills Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and reflect on how important Vocational Education and Training (VET) is to Queensland!
MTA Institute is a proud participant and host for the Queensland Vocational Education and Training (VET).
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways is offering FREE face to face information sessions
MTA Insitute (MTAI) are extremely pleased to announce that all trainee-ships and apprenticeships have now transitioned into the new Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package (AUR Training Package).
The office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding motor dealers to check their current and prospective employees are appropriately licensed or registered.
R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services - a motorcycle services, parts and accessories business based in Townsville - has won the top prize in the Small Employer of the Year category for the North Queensland region at the Queensland Training Awards (QTA).
Part of winning the Apprentice of the Year accolade was the opportunity to work with the Triple Eight Race Engineering Team Vortex at the Townsville round of the Supercars Championship.
MTA Queensland members, and apprentices of MTA Institute, were treated to a close encounter with motorsport legend Craig Lowndes in the run-up to last month’s Watpac Townsville 400.
From July 1st, 2017, automotive businesses who employee apprentices will be able to claim a discount on their premium once their policy in renewed.
Century Yuasa is Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer and one of the most reputable sources in the business. Producing over a million vehicle batteries a year, it’s also the perfect place for MTA Institute apprentices and Employability Skills Training (EST) participants to learn firsthand the ins and outs of battery production.
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (HEV’s) are leading the automotive industry technological revolution and MTA Institute is an advocate for automotive professionals becoming educated and skilled in an area that is lacking in Australia.
In 1986 the average cost of a new car was $9,200, the controversial VL Commodore was powered by an imported Nissan 6-cylinder engine, and Crocodile Dundee hit the cinemas. Cars ran a little slower and were built a little heavier and for Daryn Foster, Manager of ACM Autobody in Mansfield this was his reality as a panel beating apprentice in Darwin.
- Radiator & Condensor CLEARANCE (to May 31)
Join a free breakfast which is open to tradeswomen and female apprentices.
Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) are proud to work with the Queensland Government in the delivery of the Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship - Collision Repair Assistance to Support Hiring Apprentices (CRASH) Program.
The MTA Queensland brought together MTA Institute trainers from across the state in December for its annual three-day trainers’ conference.
MTA Institute are pleased to offer MTAI students huge savings on a series of SP Tools.
MTA Queensland is the peak organisation representing the specific interests of businesses in the retail, service and repair sectors of Queensland’s automotive value chain.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards, recognising and rewarding all those involved in training, including apprentices, trainees and employers.
Motor Trades Association Institute (MTA Institute) is now offering Trade Recognition for skilled and experienced individuals working in the automotive industry with the purpose of gaining a formal Trade Qualification.
Dr Brett Dale, CEO of MTA Queensland welcomes you to 2017.
On Monday 23rd January, industry experts and those passionate about automotive innovation joined forces at the MTA Institute $10million state-of-the-art training facility, allowing attendees a privileged glimpse into the type of vehicles leading the future of the automotive world.
Trade apprenticeships have long been proven as providing successful benefits to workplaces, including ideas, strategies, and efficient movement of workload.
The MTAQ Racing Team is currently seeking expressions of interest for Five MTA Institute (MTAI) apprentices or MTA Queensland (MTAQ) members to join the support crew for the 2017 Hyundai Series X3 Cup.
Investing in training through apprenticeships or traineeships is a steel-fast way for improving a business.
***closure period Friday 23rd December 2016 - Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive***
Employing an apprentice in your automotive business has many rewards
Congratulations Daejon graduates!
Visitors from Daejeon, sister city to Brisbane, visit MTA Queensland and City Hall
MTA Institute Graduates of AccelR8
Students graduate with Certificate 1 in Automotive Vocational Preparation
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Read about Brody Walters restoration of his stunning 1975 XB Falcon 500
Read about The MTA Institute's first online graduates
Follow Jonathan's day with V8 Supercars’ Vortex Racing team at the Townsville 400
ANCAP supports reappointing Ministers Darren Chester and Paul Fletcher to their road safety portfolios
By the time you have finished reading this sentence, Google will have processed 40,000 search queries (that’s more than 3.5 billion searches per day) being made by internet users just like you. That is a vast amount of information being circulated, read, shared and talked about, all online.
Allianz has expanded the cover available under its Private Car Insurance policy to include the use by eligible car owners for ride-sharing activities such as Uber and Lyft. The move follows recent moves by Australian state and territory governments to formally recognise ride-sharing.
My focus over the past month has been on business planning with MTA Queensland staff in preparation for the next financial year, and networking with local and interstate stakeholders. I’ve commenced meeting with our corporate partners to ensure products and services to members are optimum. I’m confident we are well positioned for the coming financial year, having the resources, systems, skills and networks to progress the Association and deliver for the Membership.
Jed Sheridan of Diesel Performance and Mechanical in Gympie exemplifies all that is promising about the next generation of automotive industry professionals. Articulate, digitally savvy, technically gifted and ambitious, the MTA Institute graduate, at just 24 years of age, already operates his own workshop — built from the ground up on the foundations of his hard work and dedication.
Rory McKenzie is a 24-year-old, fourth-year motorcycle apprentice training with MTA Institute and working for Morgan & Wacker Harley-Davidson in Brisbane. So far, so normal, right? Wrong. Rory is not your ordinary motorcycle apprentice. In fact, though he is technically still ‘learning’ his trade, the level of skill and ingenuity that he is bringing to his work is pretty remarkable.
Tesla Motors has defensively responded to allegations of potential safety defects in their Model S suspensions raised by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after an angry blogger wrote of problems with the suspension on Tesla’s cars.
The Palaszczuk Government is changing motorcycle licencing to improve the skills and safety of Queensland riders and better prepare them for their time on road. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said changes to the competency based testing and licensing requirements would boost safety for one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads
The outlook for the Queensland economy according to the budget documents is positive with Gross State Product growth increasing from 3.5 per cent in 2015-16 to 4 per cent in 2016-17. The Budget papers indicate that the state’s fiscal position is operating on a surplus of $152 million in 2015-16 and $867 million in 2016-17.
Most of us spend a lot of hours in our cars these days, commuting, chauffeuring kids, and running errands. To ease your auto related anxiety, and after much heated debate, the MTA Queensland has chosen our Top 10 Car Gadgets, Gizmo's and Accessories for 2016. Some of these inventions are quite useful, and some are not when it comes to utlity. In fact, they might warrant this question from the user: "What on earth were they thinking?"
It is a great pleasure and a true honour to return to the Motor Trades Association of Queensland as Chief Executive Officer. One of the tasks that the MTAQ Board has entrusted to me as CEO is to implement its 2016-18 Strategic Plan. This, coupled with the Objects of the MTA Queensland, will be my ‘light on the hill’ - the parameters within which I will work with the MTAQ team to achieve the outcomes for the Board and members.
As businesses develop to find their competitive edge through a variety of value propositions, one question will always be constant - Have I got the right human capital to ensure the business succeeds?
General Motors (GM) is issuing a preliminary recall for certain 2007-2011 full-size trucks and SUVs with passenger-side front airbag inflators covered by Takata defect information reports (DIRs) submitted to US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on May 16, 2016.
The Federal Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program has received the backing of employers and business groups, including the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA), who have pledged to use the scheme to give unemployed young Australians the opportunity to obtain employment and apprenticeships. The pilot scheme has, however, been slammed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) who believe the program may displace apprenticeships and threaten existing workplace agreements.
Drivers in the US city of Pittsburgh may have seen a strange sight recently on their local roads: a car that looks like it belongs in the riot squad, or driven by a superhero. But this is not the scene from a riot, or a superhero movie — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) located in Pittsburgh.
MTA Institute student, karting and high-powered motoring enthusiast, Jayden Bulmer, was recently treated to a day behind the wheel of an SP21 Holden V8 Supercar at Adrenalin – a custom-built 2.1km circuit on the Gold Coast.
Dane Turnbull is the MTAQ Student of the Month for May. The 28-year-old third-year mechanical technician, working with Pedders Suspension in Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, is progressing well with the theoretical and practical aspects of his apprenticeship.
The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ and the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture Youth Justice Centres recently held a day of presentations and workshops focused on giving troubled youth a taste of training and employment opportunities within the automotive industry.
Jamahl Byrne is not your typical ‘live for the weekend’ 20-year-old. Already employed as a full-time automotive technician after completing his MTA Institute (MTAI) apprenticeship, Jamahl and his father David have spent the last two years meticulously restoring a 1966 Ford Mustang at home.
Ford recently received 6,506 fully completed Ford GT applications from people around the world, including over 500 from the UK market alone – in the one-month window to apply to purchase the new supercar.
The Queensland Government recently reinstated the highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative as part of its broader Working Queensland jobs plan.
For those that have been involved in the review of the Automotive Training Package (which is the basis of all apprentice/trainee training), Auto Skills Australia has announced that the AUR (release 3) Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package has been published to the National Register (training.gov.au).
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it aims to increase the number of ex-service men and women employed across its global operations to 1000 by 2020, a five-fold increase on recruitment since 2013.
Brett Dale has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ).
Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast is the undisputed hub for all the great recreational opportunities the region has to offer. Boasting excellent fishing that draws anglers in from far and wide, as well as a thriving whale watching and boating industry, the region has been touted as ‘Australia’s leading nature-based destination’.
The Google Self-Driving Car Project will partner with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to integrate Google’s self-driving technology into the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
Fuel economy champions Helen and John Taylor have driven around Tasmania in a diesel-engined Jaguar XF Prestige 20d luxury sedan, covering more than 1100 kilometers on less than a tank of premium Diesel.
The 2016 Federal Budget included many changes, some quite substantial, in areas such as tax, superannuation and training to encourage youth employment. Here is a summary of some of those critical elements that will have an impact on small and medium enterprises and businesses working within the motor trades and automotive industry.
‘Build Your Dreams’ (BYD), the China based automaker that has emerged as the world’s biggest maker of electric vehicles, will soon be releasing its first EV in Australia, in what could be the most significant development in the local market since the release of the well received Tesla Model S.
The Federal Government last night announced their 2016-17 budget, which includes an $840 million Youth Employment Package called Young Jobs PaTH — which stands for Prepare, Trial, Hire. The Young Jobs PaTH youth employment program seeks to assist 120,000 job-seekers gain new skills and experience that will help them join the workforce.
The Australian Government is urging past and present students/apprentices to become familiar with new laws concerning the repayment of Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) and Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts.
The redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Colorado has made a public debut in Brazil, hinting at what lies ahead for the popular Holden Colorado later this year.