Apprentices ready for your business!

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We have a number of apprentices across light vehicle, heavy vehicle, automotive body repair and automotive refinishing trades who are ready to be placed in automotive businesses. If you are looking to take on a supported apprentice to help meet demand, the MTA can help you achieve this!

Watch the video below to hear from four new MTA apprentices who are keen to get into a workshop as soon as possible.

Our apprentices have passed extensive interviews and are either currently undertaking or have completed their first eight weeks of training with us prior to starting with your business. MTA employed apprentices have been identified as having a passion for the industry and are keen to begin their automotive careers but they need real work experience and you need the help!

Hosting a MTA apprentice provides flexibility, with a dedicated MTA Field Officer to support both the apprentice and host employer, meaning you can get on with running your business.

Click here to contact General Manager Apprentice Employment Services, Jason Polgreen, to ask about how we can help provide an apprentice for your business.

Unless the South Australian automotive industry supports new apprentices, the skills crisis will not be resolved. Finding a fully qualified automotive technician now is a rare occurrence and businesses will continue struggling to fill these vacancies unless they take on more apprentices.

The Prime Minister and State Premier have announced, as part of their economic stimulus packages, extra support to help businesses take on more apprentices and keep exisiting ones employed. These measures include $1.3 billion in subsidies (across 2019/20 and 2020/21) for 120,000 apprentices, of which approximately 9,185 are in SA:

  • The package will include up to $21,000 per small business with apprentices (with less than 20 employees*)
  • The business will receive $7,000 in wage assistance per apprentice per quarter, backdated from the start of the year, until the end of September

Employers can register for these apprentice subsidies from 2 April 2020. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about the economic stimulus measures.

*Businesses with fewer than 20 full-time employees and additionally employers of any size and Group Training Organisations (GTO) that re-engage an eligible out-of-trade apprentice or trainee will also be eligible. The government is examining how best to pass this wage assistance through to small businesses who employ their apprentice through a GTO.