Issue 35, 8 August 2013


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Exciting new training initiatives are about to unfold at the VACC Skills Development Centre.


VACC Skill Builders are short courses that can be completed online in your own time in approximately one hour. VACC is delivering them to you in partnership with one of Australia's most popular and trusted online training organisations, VET Australia; and so that it's not all work and no play, there are lifestyle and leisure short courses too.


You can quickly develop your skills and knowledge across three main topic areas, each with a huge range of short courses on offer.


Managing a Small Business

Short courses for you to focus on the essential skills you need to manage and grow your business


Professional Improvement

Get ahead with your leadership, communication and career development skills


Lifestyle and Leisure

Kick back and relax with interesting and enjoyable short courses for you


Stay tuned - launching soon.


All VACC/Bosch Technical Short Courses

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


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Check out the Trade Certification and see if you are eligible for the Government subsidy



Phone the VACC Skills Development Centre direct on (03) 9829 1126 to find out.


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The VACC MAAP My Future team continued to reach out to young people in country areas this month by participating in the SuniTAFE Grow Your Career Expo in Mildura. This was the fourth year the event has been run and around fourteen schools and 1000 students attended from Mildura and the surrounding areas.


The VACC MAAP team is proud to be associated with this event. It is a fantastic community service and the team was very impressed. Country areas have a history of losing their young people - and a whole lot of talent - to the cities. Some return, and many more would love to come back but feel that their employment options are limited. The expo goes a long way to addressing the issue by bringing together a whole range of career choices into one venue, so that young people understand that they are not without viable options close to home.


We can report that the careers marquee was a hive of activity, with students actively visiting the exhibits inside. The VACC team enjoyed meeting many young people and found quite a few were very interested in the Automotive industry as a career choice
- and that others were quickly switched on to the possibilities.


SuniTAFE Grow Your Career Expo: Read More


MAAP My Future: Read More





Additional Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Battery Electric Vehicle Skill Set Released



VACC has experienced a solid response from Members looking to progress their businesses and careers in the Heavy Commercial, Automotive Electrical and Automotive LPG areas.


The Skills Development Centre recognises that these Skill Sets are a serious investment for those wishing to upgrade their professional skills and knowledge; and in response to demand from Members, it has released an additional Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Battery Electric Vehicle Skill Set.


Designed specifically for mechanical repairers wanting to perform servicing, ancillary work or repairs on Hybrids and EVs, the course provides all the information you need to understand Hybrid technology and important safe working practices. It also teaches you how to position your business to take advantage of this lucrative emerging technology. Read more.


Once you enrol in any one of the VACC Skill Sets, our training Partner - Kangan Institute's Centre for Automotive Excellence - will visit you in your workplace for an initial skills and knowledge assessment and explain how to program works. The good news is that your prior experience may significantly reduce amount of hands-on training you will be required to do. To assist our Members, the hands-on training is delivered on Saturdays to minimise off-the-job time.


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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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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