Over the next 5 months, we are looking at putting on another 160 apprentices and with the busiest time for hiring approaching, now is the time to look at taking on an automotive apprentice.
The MTA gets an influx of applicants from November to March. From November 2017 to February 2018, the MTA received 2000 applicants, 772 of which were under 21 with 348 interviews conducted in an effort to get the best quality candidates. Throughout this period, we employed 119.
With school finishing for many in the next few weeks, now is when businesses should act and call us to take on the best possible candidate.
Group Training Organisation Manager Jason Polgreen has automotive businesses and candidates at the forefront of his mind and says while we are well on the way in the fight against the skills shortage, more must be done from industry to facilitate a positive change.
“We get inundated with inquiries from automotive businesses about taking on a third or fourth year apprentice throughout the year. However, if industry does not accommodate fresh intakes, the skills shortages won’t be fixed.”
“Within the November to March timeframe, we will also be putting on apprentices in other trades including marine, motorcycle, automotive parts sales and school based apprenticeships as well.”
The MTA has quite a few classes coming up between now and the beginning of March 2019 across a range of trades. We are always taking candidates in light vehicles but we have other groups starting in the coming weeks including heavy vehicle, automotive refinishing and body repair.
If you would like to enquire about taking on a MTA trained apprentice or need assistance in the recruitment of one, contact Jason Polgreen by clicking here.