Issue 34, 4 July 2013


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VACC has secured funding under the National Workforce Development Fund for you to up-skill your workers. Don't miss out on this heavily subsidised opportunity. Places are strictly limited!


Skill sets are a tailored approach to skills training to fit the requirements of today's automotive business. They are a great way to quickly develop vital skills and knowledge, which can be instantly applied in the workshop. Instead of doing a whole certificate, Skill Sets recognise the Automotive Mechanic's existing experience and focuses on the essential new skills.


Training is undertaken with our training partner, Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence. Successful completion results in achievement of Nationally Recognised Certificate III units, and credits toward a Certificate IV qualification.



Heavy Commercial Vehicle Skill Set for Light Vehicle Technicians


Are you currently working in a mechanical workshop that repairs both light and heavy vehicles?
Do you or your employees only have a light vehicle qualification?

With increased demand for light vehicle mechanics to work on both heavy and light vehicles, the need for developing and up-skilling has become vital for business survival.

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Automotive Electrical Skill Set for Light Vehicle Technicians

Are you a light vehicle mechanical technician looking to upgrade your automotive electrical/electronic skills and knowledge to allow you to diagnose and repair electrical faults in today's vehicles?

The ever-increasing inclusion of hybrid and electric vehicles, new electrical/electronic systems, drive-by-wire technology and analogue-to-digital technology, makes it imperative for the current day's motor mechanic to gain these new and emerging skills to safely work on today's motor cars.

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Automotive LPG Service and Repair Skill Set

Are you looking to apply to the Automotive Alternative Fuels Registration Board (AAFRB) for an LPG restricted accreditation?
Lucrative opportunities exist for businesses willing to diversify their operations and up-skill their existing workforce with LPG skill sets. Attaining AAFRB's LPG restricted accreditation provides your business with an additional client service.

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All VACC/Bosch Technical Short Courses

Access Bosch technical short course options for yourself or your tradespersons!


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Training Survey Form

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Wimmera and Southern Mallee (WASM) Careers Expo 2013


Proving irresistible for some, the VACC MAAP My Future Spark Plug Challenge saw several students returning throughout the day to better their personal scores.


The task was to remove a spark plug and refit it in a new position as fast as they could.  The time trial clocked 20 seconds at the start of the day, and by the event end came in under 9 seconds!


VACC MAAP Mentor/Advisor, Mark Deckert, explains the Challenge


VACC MAAP My Future representatives enjoyed the opportunity to meet regional students from all over the Wimmera and Southern Mallee, and found that many are exploring Automotive Apprenticeships as a viable career option.


Students taking the Challenge


Sourcing and retaining quality apprentices has been a long standing issue for the automotive industry, and the MAPP Program is designed to address the ongoing supply and retention of apprentices. Expo participation is a great way to meet students and answer their questions.


For employers also, VACC provides access free of charge to businesses wanting advice regarding apprentices, and with apprentice mentoring services to assist with retention.


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We dare you to prove it!


You know that the industry has changed radically, and that some of the things you did on a daily basis a few years ago have now been superseded by new technologies and processes.

You have always moved with the times, picking up new skills and knowledge so you can continue to work with and give your best to the machines you love most - your cars, trucks and motorcycles.

You have credibility with your current customers as being a great problem solver and general all-round professional for their automotive needs.



So why does the VACC now challenge you now to get your skills and knowledge officially recognised?


It's proof positive that you have what it takes in today's Automotive industry, and gives new customers a great reason to choose you. It can benefit your business and career by opening doors that may have previously been closed without the proper accreditation.


The VACC has partnered with Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), especially to recognise Automotive professionals who have a long history in the industry.


If you have been working in your current Automotive Mechanical (Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Motorcycle), Paint and Panel or Auto Electrical job for more than 7 years and can pass a few additional entry criteria, you may be eligible for a new certificate in the same area you work in - and not even have to go to school. Even if you have a qualification already, you may still be eligible.


I'm good at my job

All you have to do is prove your skills and knowledge in your job - what you know already, without having to pass bookwork exams.


You gather proof of where you have used your skills and knowledge and then demonstrate on-the-job to gain your qualification in a straight forward process known as recognition of prior learning.


Your Assessor has long experience in the industry and is there to help you get across the line in the quickest time possible.


The cost for a nationally recognised qualification?


If you pass the eligibility criteria, it's only $200.


The certificates available?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available in a range of automotive areas including the following:

  • Light vehicle (mechanical)

  • Heavy vehicle (trucks, agricultural)

  • Paint and panel

  • Auto electrical

  • Motorcycles


How to apply

Phone the VACC Skills Development Centre direct on (03) 9829 1126 to see if you're eligible. Be quick! It's subject to funding and may not last.

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If you would like any information on our training offerings, please contact VACC SDC on 03 9829 1140 to speak to one of our team members or alternatively email us via info@vaccsdc.com.au.

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