With a Federal election around the corner there’s certainly been some focus on the Vocational Education and Training (VET) area, and in particular apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the automotive industry as it provides an entry point into the industry and develops skills for participants to make a prosperous career for themselves. I’d support anyone looking to get behind helping employers support more apprentices and helping apprentices themselves achieve their goal of getting a trade.
It did get me thinking of what we offer to help achieve apprenticeship outcomes, and the services we put in place to meet our clients training needs. Importantly, it’s the interaction we have with industry, and we achieve this by:
- Encouraging feedback opportunities via our Weekly Industry Bulletin.
- Encouraging client discussion and opinions via social media platforms.
- Conducting feedback in-person and via e-surveys at the end of short courses and student training days. The results from these surveys include purchasing necessary equipment, developing new partnerships and redesigning training aspects to highlight what students find particularly helpful.
- Supporting MTA Queensland’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program. The ISMAA program aims to increase apprentice retention rates, particularly in the first two years of training, to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in specific industries. The mentors from MTA Queensland supports apprentices throughout Queensland. Through this connection, the MTA Institute can truly help with the challenges faced by modern day apprentices and take action to address those needs early.
- Providing students with an ‘open door’ policy to the MTA Institute training team regarding any feedback or complaints they have.
Ultimately, this interaction has created a high-level of performance in our training arrangements and we diligently measure success, such as independent validations and evaluations, industry recognition and business outcomes from training activity by:\
- Allocating an MTA Institute trainer to a student for the entire duration of their apprenticeship. This allows for strong relationships to develop, with majority of our trainers having been employed with the Institute for more than 7.5 years.
- MTA Institute graduation ceremonies occurring bi-annually, celebrating the achievements of students who have successfully completed their apprenticeship. This is the only automotive graduation ceremony in Queensland for apprentices, their family and friends.
- Monthly recognition for apprentices that have been performing at an exceptional level by awarding them the title of MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month. Apprentices of the Month form the candidates for the Apprentice of the Year award, which is announced at the annual MTA Queensland Industry Dinner.
- Celebrating the success stories from our students. The 2017 Apprentice of the Year winner, who also volunteered on the MTAQ Racing Team Support Crew, had a dream to work in motor sport.
He has since performed work experience at Triple Eight Race Engineering and has recently secured an overseas automotive scholarship – well done Elliot.
I see the MTA Institute as a leader in apprenticeship training and there to help employers and apprentices. No matter who wins the upcoming election, it’s vital that there’s a strong apprenticeship model to carry the industry forward and we’ll be there to support it.