ARTICLE: Leading the way for future automotive skills

Motor Trades Association (MTA) members, hosts, industry stakeholders and even other RTO’s had their chance to contribute in round table discussions in regards to the automotive training curriculums of the future.

Critical to understanding the needs of training in the future are the MTA’s Trainers who provided their years of insight into the industry and their training experience.

PwC and the MTA facilitated discussions to gain a better understanding of the requirements automotive businesses will need moving forward towards 2020.

It was good to see MTA members in attendance over the week in sessions relevant to tyre servicing, motorcycle, panel beating, automotive refinishing, light vehicles, automotive electrical, automotive vocational preparation, heavy vehicle and diesel fuel engines, mobile plant and agricultural machinery.

The current qualifications being taught around Australia are up for review and the MTA has facilitated these sessions in SA so upgrading them can begin. PwC is doing similar sessions in other states as well.

When we get approval for recommendations from industry, change can start to happen. Once these sessions finish, the Draft Consultation will be up for public viewing by the end of the year and in February next year, the review will start. After the review, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee will begin to finalise changes for submission. This is all part of the need to change training by 2020 to keep up with business demands.

The consensus from the sessions was clear, that automotive trades are undergoing rapid change and apprenticeships will need to be altered to accommodate that change.

The MTA’s Industry Engagement Specialist Paul Back said, “An apprenticeship will become like a university degree. The technology being seen is so advanced that businesses will need to hire the right staff for the job at hand.”


Source: Motor Trades Association of South Australia