October 2020

The first Quarter of the 2020/21 financial year is in the books and it has been an interesting few months. We have seen an increase in apprentice commencements, which is very pleasing to see given the slow down (almost a halt) at the beginning of the pandemic around April/May. I believe the bounce back has been due to the government support in apprentice wage subsides for employers; work activity continuing in the automotive service and repair industry through the middle of the pandemic; and the realisation of the importance of local workers and growing our own skills base in industry following the reduction of skilled migration (which is obviously going to put on hold for some time). These have all had an effect on the industry workforce.

To support local industry, we are in the middle of our final automotive pre-vocational course for the year. If you are looking to hire new apprentices, you can have a look at what we have to offer. For further info, please email through your details to [email protected] for work placement opportunities for our eager learners to ply their new-found skills.

The work landscape has changed, and we are having to live with the virus and work through these times together. It has been a challenge and there are a few items that can help you through. For example, we have seen an increase in mental health and wellbeing support for businesses. There is support here on resources and contacts to help you during this time and it’s worth checking out if you need it. Also, October is National Safe Work Month. The theme is Work Health and Safety (WHS) through COVID-19 and each week will focus on a WHS topics that acknowledge the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages best practice WHS. Further details can be found here.

On a positive note, our 2020 Apprentice of the Year will be announced at a special event from 6pm-8pm on Friday 16th October 2020. You can choose to attend the event in person at the MTA Institute, Eight Mile Plains – the event will include drinks and nibbles – or, alternatively, you can join online and we will send you a link to view the event on your device. I would encourage you to support the event whether you have an apprentice in the running or not. Tickets are available here.

Just as an insight into the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, this is the latest Glossary of VET, which is a compilation of Australian VET terms and acronyms. It includes both current and historical terms, concepts, acronyms and other abbreviations found in Australian VET research, policy and data. If you have a look and are not overwhelmed, this might be an opportunity for you – we’ve opened up a new MTA Queensland VET Trainer Scholarship.

The Trainer Scholarship offers the opportunity for automotive professionals to further their careers by undertaking the TAE40116 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course valued at over $2,500. This scholarship is ideal for individuals interested in delivering training in the VET sector. To nominate, please go here.
All the best.

8 October 2020