MTA Institute on the short list for Queensland Training Awards

The MTA Institute has been named among the top five organisations in the Small Training Provider of the Year category for the 2018 Queensland Training Awards.

The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers, trainers, training providers, employers and community-based organisations across a range of categories and the Small Training Provider of the Year award is aimed at acknowledging a registered training organisation (RTO) that demonstrates excellence and high-level performance in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET).

While the top five short list will be reduced to three finalists before the ultimate winner is announced, beingpart of that group of five is testament to the outstanding work done by the MTA Institute in training its 1700 automotive apprentices and in its delivery of a range of pre-vocational and post-trade training courses.

Making the short list was a great achievement said Mr Paul Kulpa, General Manager of MTA Institute, and especially so after a particularly challenging year that had seen the Institute introduce new courses and programs, an online digital learning platform and switch to the new AUR16 training package.

“I’m exceptionally proud that we are in that group,” he said. “The past 18 months have been very challenging. We have transitioned onto our new online My Profile digital platform and the new training package, and have recognised the evolving nature of our industry, and the demands of those working in it, by introducing new courses on subjects such as Paintless Dent Repair, Hybrid Vehicle and Common Rail Diesel.

“The administration team and especially our 30 highly-experienced trainers who deliver apprenticeship training across the state, have worked extremely hard to continue to offer top-level service to students and clients, and their success is borne out by the very positive feedback we receive.

“Students are always at the centre of what we do, and we offer some great opportunities, including a chance to work overseas through our relationship with the Queensland Overseas Foundation, the chance to be part of a motorsport team through the MTAQ Racing Team and recognition through our Apprentice of the Month and Apprentice of the Year awards. We put a lot of effort into what we do.”

Whether the MTA Institute reaches the final round of the Queensland Training Awards or not, Mr Kulpa said the hard work, the cutting-edge training delivery and constant monitoring of the industry to ensure that the Institute’s offerings were evolving with it, would continue.

“We’re proud of the outcomes we have with our students, who are the business owners and managers of future automotive business. We are proud to be involved with their development. And if we don’t go through to the final we will carry on doing what we do, delivering excellent training, working with the government and industry and doing the best job that we can do.