September 2019

We recently held another MTA Institute graduation evening and it was fantastic to see graduates attend with their family and friends to celebrate such a great milestone.

The automotive industry continues to innovate and change, and to try and keep up you must keep learning and have a thirst to be educated.

Overall, the industry has about 5,888 apprentices in Queensland training in light vehicle, heavy vehicle, auto electrical, underbody, paint and panel, outdoor power equipment, motorbikes, mobile plant, agricultural and parts interpreting. Unfortunately, a significant amount of this cohort is lost through cancellations and various other reasons each year.

To finish an apprenticeship, it takes a lot of commitment and dedication. It was great to see these graduates come and celebrate their achievement and now go into careers in the automotive industry. Well done!

Recently, the State government announced free apprenticeships for under 21s. This offers fully subsidised training for the majority of automotive apprenticeship qualifications. Basically, for apprentices who are under 21 years old and commence on or after 1 July 2019 in an automotive qualification, there will be no more co-contribution fee required. This also goes for eligible apprentices in training as at 1 July 2019 in an automotive qualification. They must be aged under 21 on 1 July 2019 to be eligible. However, the fee-free training will only apply for units commenced on or after 1 July 2019. For all the details, see https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/incentives/freeapprenticeships

The MTA Institute team is also excited about the upcoming 2019 Queensland Training Awards’ State Gala Dinner on Saturday 14 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane. We are a finalist in the Small Training Provider of the Year category and it’s a great honour to be nominated. Without all the trainer’s and admin staff’s commitment and contributions every single day we wouldn’t have made it this far. I hope to tell you good news in the next GM’s Perspective!