Gaining skills for life
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.