May 2021

I have been thinking about what makes a quality training organisation. This is the question I have been asked many times from employers, trainers, and government. I believe we all strive for good outcomes given the service-based industry we work in, but what is quality? For training, I don’t think there is a single answer to this question but rather a number of elements, which include experience, value, student and employer satisfaction, and productive gains (I am sure you can think of plenty more).

Anyone who is going to put on an apprentice, or go through training themselves, needs to be aware this is an investment, not a short-term fix. The time spent training and gaining knowledge increases your business services and this can only be a good thing. Take the time to know your training provider, make sure they have experience and can deliver the product you know you will get benefits from. Training is our business, we have been doing this for 40 years, and most people who have used us know they will have received quality service (i.e. training with good outcomes and greater knowledge). So, the next time you have a training provider come into your business promising the world, take care, ask questions about what you want to get out of the training and make sure they are reputable.

For those that have been involved in the update of the automotive training package (which is the basis of all apprentice/trainee training), we will be planning to commence the transition of students into the new AUR20 training package from July 2021.

For those who don’t know, the training package is the fundamental learning product that has been the basis of apprenticeship training over the past 30 years. Its development, and ongoing review, is to make sure it is contemporary to meet the wide variety of jobs a mechanic would do in the workplace. I know this is a pretty hard thing to achieve given the variety of jobs a mechanic has to do on a day-to-day basis, but it makes sure, as I mentioned before, that the fundamentals are covered.

Unlike previous transitions, not all units have been updated in the AUR20 training package. Approximately three-quarters of the units we currently deliver have been superseded and are equivalent to the current units, and we have been busy preparing these ready for the transition.

What you will begin to notice is greater assessment requirements to be completed before an apprentice/trainee can be deemed as competent. Our training model allows us to visit your workplace and apprentice regularly to ensure training is completed and learning is comprehended – this will be reflected in the assessment outcome. We have always ensured our assessment tools meet the requirements of the training package and having the MTA Institute as your training provider means you can have confidence your apprentice is competent.

As with all employers that use MTA Institute, we will keep you posted on the transition to the updated training package.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (April 2021)

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