Gain­ing skills for life

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WORK­ERS in­creas­ingly are turn­ing to ap­pren­tice­ships through group train­ing pro­grams as a way of gain­ing the prac­ti­cal skills they need to se­cure em­ploy­ment.

The MTA Group Train­ing Scheme this year cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary and has been crowned the win­ner of the in­busi­ness Small Train­ing Provider of the Year in the 2012 SA Train­ing Awards.

Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Chap­man says that the train­ing scheme has been par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful.

‘‘ We have over 650 students cur­rently com­plet­ing train­ing through our Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre at Royal Park. Of the al­most 2600 that have pre­vi­ously un­der­taken our train­ing, around 65 per cent have been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tions,’’ he says.

‘‘ This is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the na­tional av­er­age of around 48 per cent com­ple­tion and some­thing we continue to work on im­prov­ing.’’ Chap­man says MTA’s as­so­ci­a­tions with ma­jor South Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport events over the past 30 years, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Grand Prix, the Clip­sal 500 and the Clas­sic Ade­laide Rally, give ap­pren­tices the op­por­tu­nity to see a dif­fer­ent side of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

He says the group train­ing place­ments pro­vide rel­e­vant and prac­ti­cal train­ing for re­al­life ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘ We are train­ing and em­ploy­ing for the in­dus­try but most im­por­tantly it is run by the in­dus­try,’’ he says. ‘‘ This means that we are able to de­liver the skills and train­ing which in­dus­try re­quires and help meet the cur­rent and fu­ture de­mands of skilled au­to­mo­tive trades­peo­ple.’’

BEA Mercedes as­sis­tant ser­vice man­ager Eric Scheucher, who has taught nu­mer­ous ap­pren­tices, says some stayed on as qual­i­fied tech­ni­cians.

‘‘ Some have moved up through man­age­ment so there is room for im­prove­ment and ad­vance­ment al­ways,’’ Scheucher says.

He says that group train­ing ap­pren­tice­ships give trainees a mix of hands-on and the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing.

LEARN­ING: Ap­pren­tice me­chanic Lewis Hval­ica with men­tor Eric Scheucher.

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