Updating automotive learning curriculums

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As a result of the sessions held last month at the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre, inconsistencies between each of the units in all automotive qualifications we provide have been identified and suggestions have been made to correct these issues.

In many cases the knowledge and evidence required by the current training packages is above what is realistic for most, if not all automotive workplaces. Across the units, it has been identified that there is a large amount of information that is either irrelevant or repeated in other units, some of which may well be core units that are mandatory, regardless to the specific unit being delivered.

This means that it takes unnecessarily longer for certain units to be delivered as they contain information that will likely not be used in current automotive environments. Some sectors of the industry did however acknowledge that they would still prefer to have the “Knowledge” around the certain subjects.

Performance evidence required for many of the units can be unrealistic in that they ask for tasks to be performed that will be difficult to achieve. Whilst it is important that we do not make the qualifications ‘easier’ to obtain, the consensus from the focus groups was that qualifications need to be actually achievable in the modern automotive space.

Each focus group addressed the units contained in their respective qualifications. Many points were raised surrounding the need for a greater amount of ‘technology’ and ‘electrical’ specific training modules to be included in qualifications.

General consensus was that a lot of the knowledge and performance based criteria includes many ‘out dated’ systems that could be replaced with more modern and current electrical technology. The automotive industry has advanced rapidly technologically and systems are being fitted to vehicles and equipment that were never before imagined to be possible by the consumer. These means more information must be taught to apprentices and technicians to ensure they are up to date and with current and future systems that are becoming available in vehicles.

We have now sent through a brief document to PwC containing information collected by our MTA Trainers and Assessors on each specific training unit for each qualification.

We would like to thank all of the MTA members who attended each of the focus groups providing input into automotive training packages of the future. It was noted by PwC that the automotive industry in SA is strong and dedicated to high achievement and servicing the community well.

Again, we would like to say a particular thank you to the following MTA members who attended the focus groups in their own time for the benefit of future training for their respective areas of the industry and put in huge amounts of efforts to gather additional information from other Industry Stakeholders for these focus groups who could not attend on the day:

Rob Olsen – Automotive Refinishing/Vehicle Body Repair Technology

Mark Flynn – Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

Blair Freeth – Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

Michael McMichael – Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Robert Ireland - Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Malcolm Lawrence - Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Peter Stewart - Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Bill Lane – Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Phil Turner - Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Phil Turner Jr - Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Brad Ramsey – Agriculture Mechanical Technology/Mobile Plant Mechanical Technology

Shane Schiller - Agriculture Mechanical Technology/Mobile Plant Mechanical Technology

Julie Davis - Agriculture Mechanical Technology/Mobile Plant Mechanical Technology

We are looking forward to seeing the outcomes from these focus groups when PwC commence the testing phase of the Australia wide consultation content and will keep you all updated as it comes to fruition in early 2019.

If you would like any more information regarding the Focus Groups please don’t hesitate to contact Lucas Kennedy: lkennedy@mtasant.com.au or 8291 2000.

If you would like to contact PwC regarding further input on the items discussed at the focus groups please contact Robert Munday: robert.munday@pwc.com or on 02 8266 1269.