MTA Institute Salutes New Automotive Industry Graduates

MTA Institute would like to congratulate the 173 students who successfully completed their apprenticeship from January 1 to Jun 30, 2018. Graduating ceremonies will be held at MTA Institute twice a year with the next being in late February 2019. 

On Friday August 24th, the MTA Institute held its second Graduation Ceremony which saw trainers, students, families and friends come together to celebrate graduating apprentices who successfully completed their automotive qualifications between January 1 to June 30, 2018.

Hosted in the MTAiQ Innovation Hub, the graduating ceremony saw upward of 40 guests gather to celebrate the success of their loved one.

Mr Paul Kulpa, General Manager of Training said, “Four years is what it takes to complete an automotive apprenticeship.

“However, when statistics show that one in three people who begin an apprenticeship actually complete it, we know that achieving this is no easy feat; and I am proud to have this opportunity to celebrate each and every student, and the effort it has required in successfully complete the apprenticeship.”

Touching on the immense amount of change the industry is experiencing, Paul went on to speak about the position the automotive industry is in, and the ability for tradespeople to continue learning, growing and evolving with the motor trades, as technology such as hybrid, electric and autonomous cars begin to gain traction. The educational pathway is never over.

And this notion seemed to be agreed upon by the attending graduates.

Francois Welman spoke about his desire to continue learning in his trade and improving his skills.

“Although I’ve completed my apprenticeship, it’s just the beginning for me,” said Francois. “I am definitely interested in learning more and continuing to refine and broaden my skills.”

Having completed his Light Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship on the 28th of March 2018 at Bridgestone Select Tyre & Automotive in Toowoomba, Francois is a testament to the immense effort required in completing an apprenticeship; and the journey for Francois was by no means easy.

“I’ve had a few RTOs throughout my apprenticeship,” Francois said with a laugh.

“I moved to MTA Institute in my third year after my previous RTO closed unexpectedly. Prior to this, for the first couple years of my apprenticeship I worked at Highlands Mechanical and trained with another RTO. So, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for me!”

Despite the many changes throughout his apprenticeship, Francois has thrived within the industry and quickly cemented his position as a top apprentice being awarded the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for March 2018. Nominated by his trainer David Twidale, for his excellent attitude and the pride taken in his work, Francois is now in the running for the prestigious title of MTA Institute 2018 Apprentice of the Year, which will be announced at the Annual Industry Dinner held on Saturday, November 10 at the W Hotel in Brisbane.

“It’s really exciting to be in the running for Apprentice of the Year and I was blown away when I was nominated, I didn’t expect it at all.

“The automotive industry offers a lot, and it’s a nice thing to be acknowledge for the hard work and pride I take in my work.”

And, although the evening was about hard work and achievement, Paul also spoke about the importance of support and offered thanks to family and friends who took part in helping their loved one to the finish line.

“To the friends and family who have joined us tonight, you are in the cheer squad for those graduating. I’d like to say thank you to those present for their support over the last four years and I’m sure their continued support for the years to come,” said Paul.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to celebrate completing my apprenticeship and it’s really nice to be able to bring my dad to the graduation,” said Francois. “He’s supported me throughout the entire thing, and it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on the achievement.”

Paul continued by saying, “I would like to wish each graduate in this room good luck in your career.”

“Despite the challenges you’ve faced you haven’t made it this far by chance, you’ve earnt your qualification, you’ve earnt your place in this industry.

“Congratulations on hitting this significant milestone and welcome to the automotive industry!”

07 Sep 2018