MTA at the Careers and Employment Expo.

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Further to the Careers and Employment Expo, GTO Manager Jason Polgreen and Warren Meissner from VTECH Automotive Training were in Port Lincoln promoting automotive apprenticeships in regional areas. The MTA will continue to promote apprenticeships and training in an effort to fight the ongoing skills shortage, not only being seen in metropolitan Adelaide but across regional South Australia as well.

The MTA’s Field Officers and Recruitment and School Liaison Officer attended the Careers and Employment Expo on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May. This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase to high school students and parents of the various opportunities in the automotive industry.

The Friday had primarily high school students at the Careers and Employment Expo and there was strong interest in what the MTA can provide in both training and apprenticeships, bolstered by the ever crowd drawing, supercharged Monaro. The recent video promotion of apprenticeships was also well received as we aim to increase our engagements with young people. Click here to view the latest promotion of automotive apprenticeships with the MTA.

Paint demonstrations from PPG were also on display, showcasing the skills that apprentices can learn while in training.

The Saturday had many parents interested in what an automotive career can lead to for their children as they reach the end of their high school. This is a pleasing sign as we continue to demonstrate to parents the positive changes occurring in industry including improvements in work, health and safety and our continuous improvement process. Mark Eckhold, MTA Recruitment and School Liaison Officer said that parents at the Careers and Employment Expo showed more interest in the trade than previous years.

“The new system that the expo set up made it really easy for everyone to register their interest. The introduction of a QR code system which meant they just had to scan our code at the MTA stand and the expo will pass on their details. This system meant we could focus on sharing our knowledge with parents and their children.”

Of critical importance to the ongoing promotion of automotive apprenticeships was the engagement of our Field Officers with School VET Coordinators at the Careers and Employment Expo. Ongoing communication and working relationship building with these key stakeholders is of great importance in relaying career pathways information to those who are seriously considering a career in the automotive industry. Our Field Officers were on hand to explain the benefits of training through the MTA and their roles as an ongoing support throughout a young person’s apprenticeship.

Mark Eckhold also said there was a good representation of automotive apprenticeships in the regional areas.

“We had children from all over South Australia attend the expo and it’s important that they realise we can still offer them training and apprenticeship support even though they might live hundreds of kilometres away from Adelaide.”

Further to the Careers and Employment Expo, GTO Manager Jason Polgreen and Warren Meissner from VTECH Automotive Training were in Port Lincoln promoting automotive apprenticeships in regional areas. The MTA will continue to promote apprenticeships and training in an effort to fight the ongoing skills shortage, not only being seen in metropolitan Adelaide but across regional South Australia as well.