The MTA Institute is launching a new round of its pre-apprenticeship vocational preparation courses in the new year.

The Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation (AUR20716) program is designed to give students a comprehensive set of skills as a basic introduction to the automotive industry, and trainees undertaking the course will learn to:

  • service mechanical parts such as the engine, transmission (clutch, gear box and differential);
  • service suspension systems (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres);
  • identify and inspect mechanical and electrical components of light and heavy vehicles, outdoor power equipment and motorcycles and
  • perform basic maintenance and repairs.

Developed in response to the industry’s continuing requirement for quality apprentices and employees, the Automotive Vocational Preparation course is part of the MTA Institute and MTA Queensland’s drive to assist in the advancement of the industry by developing individuals who have an interest in the trades but who have not had the opportunity to start a career in the industry or even find out if the industry is truly for them.

“The MTA Institute has always sought to help the industry by introducing people to the trades through these introductory courses,” said Paul Kulpa, General Manager MTA Institute. “This course gives participants the chance to decide whether a career in the industry is something they really want by offering the opportunity to learn the ropes in a simulated workshop environment. In turn, this allows us to find people with the right attitude, who can be encouraged and assisted in moving into an automotive career.

“We’ve run a number of these programs over the years, with some candidates dropping out because it wasn’t what they expected,” added Mr Kulpa. “That’s OK. I’d rather they do that with us than with an employer who has put in the time and effort to find them and start their training.”

The Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation (AUR20716)  program consists of 12 training units delivered over a five-week period, on a full-time basis, by a senior MTA Institute trainer at the Institute campus in Brisbane. Subsidised through the Queensland government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee, it is open to anyone interested in working in the industry.

“We introduced this course because employers were asking us if there were any good calibre candidates who were looking for work,” said Mr Kulpa.

“Consequently, trainees who show the right attitude will have assistance in finding work experience that will, hopefully, lead to a job and a career in the automotive industry.“If you are interested in automotive then this is the course for you. There are no prerequisites other than that you be willing to give it a go!”

The MTA Institute will be running the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation course through the first half of 2018:

  • Monday 15 January – Friday 16 February, 2018
  • Monday 19 March – Friday 20 April, 2018
  • Monday 14 May – Friday 15 June, 2018

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