Pathway for aspiring motor mechanics

Jobseekers who want a career servicing and repairing motor vehicles are gaining valuable experience through a targeted program in western Sydney.

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, and the Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens, today visited the MTA Autostart Access Program at Granville in western Sydney.

Participants are offered pre-vocational training to help them gain an Australian Apprenticeship.

“This is an impressive program that is helping people get themselves ready and gain the skills to acquire an Australian Apprenticeship,” Ms Bird said.

“The training includes individualised job search assistance as well as support for the apprentice and their employer after an apprenticeship is found.

“This is a program that is making a difference and helping vulnerable jobseekers to be become part of the skilled workforce.”

Participants undertake pre-vocational classes towards a Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical.

Funding is though the Australian Apprenticeships Access Program and the classes are run by MTA Apprenticeships Plus which is a subsidiary of the Motor Traders Association of NSW.

Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens, said it was an important initiative for the local community.

“This gives people who are looking for a practical career vital assistance to help them on their way.

“MTA Apprenticeship Plus is passionate about the automotive industry and it comes through in this program.”

The Autostart Access Program provides participants with technical skills through theoretical and practical training as well as the generic knowledge and employment skills needed to work in the automotive industry.

For further information about the Australian Apprenticeship Access Program, go to www.innovation.gov.au\AccessProgram