Tackling NSW automotive apprenticeship dropouts

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

MTA NSW says it has been tackling the abilities scarcity by streamlining course paperwork, enhancing the evaluation course of, growing an internet 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 examine after coaching, in comparison with the nationwide common of 85.7%. 

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

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

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

The automotive sector is at present dealing with 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 applications suggests the business could also be unprepared for such speedy progress 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 continuing abilities scarcity and nationwide apprenticeship dropout charges are two sides of the identical coin: by enhancing apprentice charges, we will start to resolve our business’s ongoing abilities scarcity.

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

“High quality coaching is important for working within the automotive business. The information and assist from my trainers actually helped me develop the abilities and information I would like for the commerce,” MTA NSW third-year apprentice Luke Callaway says.

“It’s additionally been nice to see the coaching evolve to go well with the way forward for the business. I actually imagine that electrical autos are the way in which ahead, and it’s actually thrilling to have the chance to be skilled 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 supplied by MTA NSW.

“As a enterprise, we’ve discovered that MTA is the best 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.