Tackling NSW automotive apprenticeship dropouts

The Motor Merchants’ Affiliation of NSW (MTA NSW) says it’s bucking the pattern of apprenticeship dropouts, with new knowledge revealing a 54% enhance in apprenticeship completions between 2021 and 2022. 

MTA NSW says it has been tackling the talents scarcity by streamlining course paperwork, bettering the evaluation course of, growing a web based studying platform and by taking motion on suggestions from employers and college students in post-course surveys and dealing to enhance its coaching program. 

Employment after coaching was additionally up in comparison with the nationwide common, with 99.4% of completers employed or in additional research after coaching, in comparison with the nationwide common of 85.7%. 

Of the apprentices who weren’t employed earlier than coaching, 100% have been employed after coaching in 2022, up 18.8 proportion factors from 2021.

The concentrate on completion charges by MTA NSW is in response to a wider nationwide concern round completion charges for apprentices, which it says have been described as ‘dismal’. 

Nationwide knowledge launched in 2022 revealed that 54% of commerce apprentices who began in 2017 accomplished by the top of 2021. This was down from 57% of those that began a yr earlier. The info additionally discovered that one in three apprentices will drop out of their first yr.

The automotive sector is at present going through a shortfall of roughly 38,000 expert professionals, together with a restricted variety of technicians who’re certified to service and restore EVs.

With 49,000 technicians all through NSW requiring coaching to securely work with high-voltage EV batteries, a scarcity in upskilling packages suggests the trade could also be unprepared for such speedy development says MTA NSW.

“We’re contributing severe funding to make sure a sustainable pipeline of automotive expertise inside NSW,” MTA NSW chief government Stavros Yallouridis says. The continued abilities scarcity and nationwide apprenticeship dropout charges are two sides of the identical coin: by bettering apprentice charges, we are able to start to unravel our trade’s ongoing abilities scarcity.

“However the accountability can’t lie on the trade alone. The federal government – at each a state and federal degree – must step up and make investments to make sure we’ve got sufficient expertise to maintain us now and into the long run,” he says.

“High quality coaching is important for working within the automotive trade. The data and assist from my trainers actually helped me develop the talents and data I want for the commerce,” MTA NSW third-year apprentice Luke Callaway says.

“It’s additionally been nice to see the coaching evolve to swimsuit the way forward for the trade. I actually consider that electrical autos are the best way ahead, and it’s actually thrilling to have the chance to be educated on this new know-how with MTA NSW.” 

Simon Ulrich from mycar Tyre & Auto says he credit the success of his apprentices to the coaching provided by MTA NSW.

“As a enterprise, we’ve discovered that MTA is the most suitable choice for apprentice coaching because of the excessive diploma of flexibility they provide. The standard of coaching can be distinctive, and we’re very grateful to the trainers for his or her ongoing dedication to our apprentices,” Ulrich says.