NCVER praises the work of Group Training

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Australia has two main types of employers of apprentices and trainees, either through direct employment by a business or through a Group Training Organisation (GTO), like the MTA, who employ apprentices and place them with a host business.

The MTA also trains through our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for automotive businesses who employ direct. Click here to contact RTO Manager, Mario Marrone, about training options for your apprentice.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s (NCVER) latest report: Completion rates for group training organisations and direct employers: how do they compare? shows GTO completion rates for trade apprentices and trainees are higher than for those directly employed by businesses.

The report affirmed the view that the role of Group Training Organisations (GTO) in providing additional pastoral care and ongoing support for apprentices and trainees has a positive effect on apprentices and trainee completions.

NCVER Managing Director, Simon Walker said, “Maximising apprenticeship completion rates has been a longstanding concern for governments because they represent the return on significant government investment in training.”

“Employing apprentices with group training organisations is one means of doing this, as they can provide the additional care and ongoing support required by some apprentices to successfully complete their training contract.”

“It’s not always easy for direct employers of apprentices to provide these types of support, particularly small to medium enterprises.”

The MTA currently employs more than 500 automotive apprentices across a range of trades and if you would like to host a well-supported apprentice in your business, click here to contact GTO Manager, Jason Polgreen.

Of concern in the report was that many direct employers of apprentices were not aware of the role GTO’s play in providing apprentices.

Our GTO apprentices receive the same quality industry training as apprentices directly employed by businesses who train through our Registered Training Organisation, with a number of benefits including having a Field Officer who conducts regular visits at the apprentice’s host business.

As the skills shortage is still having an impact on many automotive businesses in South Australia, the MTA is continuing to play a critical role in identifying and training quality candidates for the industry and role of our GTO remains essential to fighting the skills shortage.