March, 2018

It’s been a big month, and pretty special too, with our first ever graduation ceremony for Institute apprentices who finalised their training in the last half of 2017. I want to personally thank all those that attended for taking the time to make it a great night.

To join the automotive industry was a life-changing decision for these young people and something that all those who finish their apprenticeship should be proud of achieving. I was really pleased with the first graduation event and hope to build on this in the coming months and years – it can only get bigger and better. Our next graduation ceremony is scheduled for August 2018!
This month we’ve also added an additional qualification for delivery to apprentices – Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE). In the way of background, OPE comprises lawn mowers, chainsaws, brush cutters, generators, post-hole diggers, pumps and other similar engines/motors. The market extends across domestic, farm and construction activities, and the sector comprises mainly dedicated workshops or combined workshop/retail sales locations.

This is a Priority One qualification, and with on-going advancements in technology there has been a significant increase in the range of automated products available in the marketplace and training requirements have changed. The MTA Institute is proud to now offer this training to apprentices in this sector through Queensland.

Also, keep an eye out for the Apprenticeship Survey we are currently running. We are seeking your thoughts on the apprenticeship system and what could be improved. This survey will only take 60 seconds to complete and will provide valuable feedback for the future of the apprenticeship system.

That’s enough from me for the moment, but remember, if there is anything you’d like to discuss training wise, please feel free to contact me.