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MTAQ selected to deliver Apprentice Mentorship program

More than 40,000 apprentices across Australia are to benefit from intensive support in their first two years of training thanks to the new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program, launched in January by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews. 

Aimed at significantly increasing retention and completion rates for apprentices in industries undergoing structural change, the ISMAA program is to be delivered by 24 organisations from across the country.   

No industry is undergoing more significant change than the automotive industry, and MTA Queensland’s long history in providing training, mentoring services and support to automotive apprentices and businesses has seen it selected as one of those 24 organisations. 

As an ISMAA provider, MTA Queensland has been entrusted with delivering the program across Queensland, and the Association has put in place a strong support structure. The program will be led by a four-person mentor team, each of whom has many years of experience in the industry.

The team will provide support, assistance and guidance including:

  • providing support in the development of technical skills;
  • supporting off-the-job learning needs;
  • providing career and pathway advice related to the automotive industry;
  • providing motivation and confidence building to help achieve potential and build resilience;
  • being a positive role model to help encourage independence, self-reliance and assistance with resolving issues that could pose a threat to the completion of the training;
  • providing support and advice to apprentices during periods of personal difficulty; and
  • supporting mental health and providing a process to assist in dealing with issues and seeking help.

Assisting students to successfully complete their apprenticeships is vital to the health of the automotive industry. Currently, skill shortages within the automotive industry are at record numbers, with a national shortage of 27,377 skilled positions forecast to rise to more than 35,000 positions in 2017/18.

These skill shortages affect business productivity, planning, investment and growth. It’s a problem that must be tackled as massive changes – through, amongst other things, the uptake of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles – disrupt the traditional way of working, doing business, and even the work itself. 

MTA Queensland, through the ISMAA program and other projects and strategies, will continue to play a leading role in creating a skilled work force for the automotive industry as it continues to evolve. 

“We are really excited to be delivering this extremely important mentoring program to automotive apprentices and it is integral to the future workforce of the automotive industry,” said Dr Brett Dale, Group CEO for MTA Queensland. “We are also committed to ensuring employers are fully connected to the program to provide positive outcomes for the student, employer and industry.”
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Mentoring is available for free to any Australian automotive apprentice or trainee in the first two years of their training. 

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