Wheel align­ment ap­pren­tice­ship launched

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A NEW AP­PREN­TICE­SHIP TRAIN­ING PRO­GRAMME fo­cus­ing on heavy ve­hi­cle and trailer wheel align­ment has been launched by MITO.

The New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate in Heavy Wheel Align­ment (Level 4) pro­vides the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and skills re­quired to carry out align­ments – and offers a for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion for in­di­vid­u­als work­ing in this im­por­tant sec­tor of the in­dus­try.

The train­ing pro­gramme has been de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the in­dus­try to en­sure it meets its spe­cific train­ing re­quire­ments.

John Bates, founder of the NZ Heavy Trans­port Wheel Align­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, says: “It is crit­i­cal that our sec­tor has a train­ing pro­gramme that spec­i­fies the ex­act pro­ce­dures that should be ad­hered to and en­sures that there is a gold stan­dard we all work to.

“We’re de­lighted that MITO has de­vel­oped a train­ing pro­gramme that does just that. It pro­vides learn­ing out­comes re­spond­ing to health, safety and tech­ni­cal is­sues to en­sure we have pro­duc­tive and safe work­places.

“Out­comes also, im­por­tantly, cover di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures in steer­ing, sus­pen­sion, brak­ing, driv­e­line, hy­draulics, elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic sys­tems.”

MITO chief ex­ec­u­tive Janet Lane says: “It is re­ally ex­cit­ing that we can re­spond to the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing needs of the in­dus­try sec­tors we rep­re­sent through ro­bust pro­gramme de­sign and in­no­va­tive de­liv­ery, as well as man­ag­ing the on­go­ing pas­toral care of each ap­pren­tice.

“Work­ing to­gether, we are equally com­mit­ted to work­force de­vel­op­ment strate­gies that fu­ture­proof these in­di­vid­ual sec­tors.”

The 20-month pro­gramme in­cludes both prac­ti­cal train­ing in the work­place and eLearn­ing – the lat­ter “a fan­tas­tic tool,” in Bates’ opin­ion.

“It pro­vides tech­ni­cians with the abil­ity to com­plete the­ory ele­ments in their own time us­ing a mo­bile phone, tablet or com­puter. Com­bined with hands-on prac­ti­cal train­ing in the work­place, this blended learn­ing ap­proach offers the best of both worlds.”

Bates says that the part­ner­ship be­tween in­dus­try and MITO to de­velop this pro­gramme “re­in­forces MITO’s en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port our sec­tor. We now look for­ward to at­tract­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent to our in­dus­try!”

En­rol­ment in­for­ma­tion for MITO’s Heavy Wheel Align­ment train­ing pro­gramme is avail­able on­line at mito.nz/heavy­wheel


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