MTA Institute Prepares Students for Employment with Pre-Vocational Course

The latest installment of the MTA Institute’s (RTO 31529) Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation concluded on Friday, 6 March, with 21 students celebrating the successful completion of the popular course.

The five-week accredited course, designed to give students a comprehensive set of skills and introduce them to various career opportunities available in the automotive industry, has become somewhat of a launching pad for aspiring automotive professionals, with several graduates  progressing onto apprenticeships with MTA Institute in recent times.

The latest offering of the course was particularly noteworthy, with MTA Institute partnering with yourtown, Multilink Community Services to welcome a cohort of students participating in the government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. As part of this initiative, participants aged 15 -24 years received the opportunity to complete a five-week Automotive Vocational Preparation program at Eight Mile Plains.

Over the duration of the course, students received hands-on learning covering the fundamentals of identifying mechanical and electrical components and systems of light vehicles, as well as insight into best practice in an automotive workplace.

MTA Institute Operations Manager Marcello Riotto, who oversaw the students for much of the five-week course, said he was thrilled to see the interest shown by so many young people looking at a career in automotive.

“The interest and excitement displayed by the group over the duration of the program was really great to see,” said Riotto. “It was easily the largest cohort to come through the program that I’ve seen, and everyone was looking to get their hands dirty and get involved in learning. There was a real buzz in the air.”

A key aspect of the program is for students to go out and seek practical work experience externally, a process heavily supported by the MTA Institute, Multilink and yourtown. Not only does this experience reinforce the lessons and skills learnt during the course, but it also gives the students a genuine taste of life in the automotive industry while connecting students with employers and industry professionals.

“It was pleasing to see that a number of students took advantage of the time reserved for external work experience. The feedback we received from employers was very positive and shows the program is serving its purpose in preparing students for employment in the industry if they choose to go down that path.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a number of the students returning to the MTA Institute to commence an apprenticeship.”

Equipped with a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation, graduating students are now better placed to get started in an automotive apprenticeship. At the very least, the Certificate has increased the student’s employability potential, one of the key outcomes of the course.

The MTA Institute offers the five-week Certificate II course regularly throughout the year. The next course is scheduled to begin 27 April.

Find more information about the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation course here.

10 March 2020