MTA secures mentor funding to support automotive apprentices

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Today the Federal Government announced the MTA will deliver mentoring services to South Australian automotive apprentices through the new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) service.

MTA CEO Mr Paul Unerkov said “our mentors will deliver much needed support to automotive apprentices who are in the 1st or 2nd year of their apprenticeship, by working with apprentices to ensuring they complete their qualification.

“Based on previous programs, we will be able to improve retention rates resulting in many more apprentices completing their training, becoming qualified trades people, to help address the skills shortage currently experienced by the industry.

“At no cost to employers or apprentices, automotive apprentices will receive guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback to support them both personally and professionally to achieve their goals.

“Over the next two years, 492 automotive industry apprentices will receive MTA mentor support across all automotive trades. It is vitally important for our industry as there is demand for more skilled labour across the industry.

“The MTA is excited to provide this much needed support to apprentices and employers. This program will go a long way to securing a successful future for many young people, contributing to the ongoing health of the automotive industry in South Australia.