March 2021

Well, we are certainly seeing the benefits of the Federal Government’s financial support with regards to Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements – the subsidy paying 50 per cent of wages to an apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. It has certainly helped businesses and we’ve seen an increase in commencements since the start of the year.

We know the industry does not have enough skilled workers, and with limited international travel in the foreseeable future bringing in workers, it is now the time to ‘grow our own’ and support the workforce through this time and into the future.

With that in mind, the MTA Institute’s automotive prevocational training program has wound up and we now have 17 participants looking to take the next step into the workforce. The group completed their AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation and now have the basic skills for a start in the automotive industry. So, any businesses out there willing to given one of these learners a go, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The MTA Institute is always committed to making sure we maintain our high level of client service and training excellence. It is something we keep saying, and can back this up by the recent release of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) data. As the largest private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for automotive apprenticeships and training in Queensland, the MTA Institute prides itself on student satisfaction and are proud of the outstanding results achieved in the report. A quick summary includes:

  • 91.8 per cent of our ‘completers’ were satisfied with the overall quality of their training – this compares to 87.4 per cent for private providers and 89.5 per cent for TAFE.
  • 91 per cent would recommend the MTA Institute – compared to 82.9 per cent for private providers and 86.6 per cent for TAFE.
  • 91.1 per cent were satisfied with learning resources – compared to 83.9 per cent for private providers and 86.6 per cent for TAFE.

At all times, the MTA Institute strives to provide the highest level of training quality while ensuring our training delivery is relevant to the real world and directly connects students’ ability and the employers’ wants. To record such positive results is evidence we are achieving these goals and preparing the next generation of automotive professionals for the evolving industry. This result comes from the efforts of all trainers and staff in continually raising the bar and improving expectations, and the results of their efforts speak for themselves.

Just keeping an eye on down the track, all our students will need to be enrolled in the updated AUR Training Package by the 13th November 2021. This is a significant project that requires reviewing all training resources and updating existing training material. We will be sending details soon communicating to all students and employers the need to transition to the new Package. We are planning to begin the transition by the middle of the year – keep watching this space.

Until next time, all the best.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (March 2021)

10 March 2021