36, 23 September 2013
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TO THE PRE-APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Ella Damen who
won the VACC supported award for Pre-Apprentice of the Year at
Kangan Institute's Technical Group Technical Awards Gala held on Thursday,
Ella works at Corso Body Works and
was a very proud recipient on the night. Mentored under the MAAP My Future
Mentoring program, Ella said her Mentor, Effie Tsetinis, has been very
helpful, and she finds it easy to talk to her about any issues she may be
Ella is photographed with VACC's
General Manager for IR, OHSE & Training, Leyla Yilmaz.
VACC/Bosch Technical Short Courses
Access Bosch technical short
course options for yourself or your tradespersons!
Access OHS training for your
Health & Safety Representatives, Managers and Supervisors!
EXPERIENCED BUT NOT TRADE QUALIFIED?
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.
VICTORIA'S SMALL BUSINESS FESTIVAL CLOSING EVENT
Many small business owners have heard
of Business Victoria, but not many know what it can do for them. The VACC
Skills Development Centre attended the Closing Event of Victoria's Small
Business Festival and produced this report for Members.
Over 300 events ran as part of the
festival in August. Roger Arwas, the Executive Director of Business
Victoria briefly addressed the closing event audience along the general
theme of there being 'more' this year: more events in the Suburbs and
Regional areas, more events run after work hours, more people visiting and
more organisations participating. Most importantly, Arwas said, the
festival gives small business owners an opportunity to meet others in
similar business situations to themselves.
The Closing Event featured a roundup
of what small business owners have to say on various topics affecting their
business and personal lives.
Ross Cameron, from Cameron Research
Group, is 10 years into an ongoing longitudinal survey of small business
owners in Victoria. By asking questions on a range of topics, he has gained
valuable insight into the challenges that most small business owners can
expect to experience throughout the business cycle. The presentation
focused on short video clips featuring business owners talking about their
experiences in running a business.
Detailed evaluations of the festival
will be published in October.
For the full report, click here.
For the Business Victoria website,
BRAND ENTERPRISE & STRATEGIC SALES MANAGEMENT –
EACH 2 DAYS
Challenging New Short Courses For Businesses With Up To 20
Partly funded by the Australian
Government through AusIndustry, and only for businesses of up to 20 staff,
VACC is partnering with Holmesglen to deliver two exceptional courses at
Learn the secrets of the best in
Highly regarded in the Automotive
industry, John Magar, has plenty to say about Strategic Sales
Management and Paul Harmer, International Branding strategist, will
set you on the right track to building your own powerful business brand.
More About John Magar
Highly regarded throughout the
Automotive industry, John Magar has over 20 years sales and marketing
consulting experience gained in a range of highly competitive industries.
John is the author of marketing giants, 'Sell Your Product, Not Your Soul'
and 'Management Fiascos – 30 sure-fire ways to ruin a business AND
how to avoid them'. He is in constant demand consulting to Australian and
More About Paul Harmer
An international branding strategist
and successful business entrepreneur, Paul Harmer has worked with
some of today's most successful brands: Grace Brothers, AutoBarn, American
Express, Coles, Macys and David
Jones to name a few.
Great Value! $500 each program or
$800 for both
These courses are great value and
will give you the edge with up-to-date knowledge that you can apply
immediately to your business. There will be plenty of opportunity to think
about your own situation, get advice and do your planning.
For the full flyer, click here.
For the Registration form, click here.
BEWARE OF SCAMS BY TRAINING PROVIDERS SELLING FREE TRADE
“If your trade papers
predate 2001 or 1999, the law has changed and you cannot perform
roadworthies” - This is untrue
“The law requires everyone
in your business to have a current certificate III qualification” -
This is also untrue
“The Government is updating
their register of mechanics” - This is also untrue, there is no such
This is what a couple of
organisations are saying to members in order to get them to sign up to a
free or low cost “upgrade”.
If members are approached by any
such organisation, please obtain from them any written information you can
get with these claims, and pass it onto us so that we can take action to
stop this behaviour.
The problem with this type of
behaviour, is that credible programs designed to provide trade recognition
to those working in the industry without a formal qualification, but with significant
experience, or those returning to the industry after a long break on the
tools are jeopardised. The Victorian Government recently cut funding
by 50% to deter these types of organisations. It appears a cut in
funding has simply incited them to market their wares more aggressively,
while jeopardising legitimate training providers.
VACC recognises that there is a need
for trade recognition programs and have provided this type of support to
the industry over many years. It should never be as easy as ticking
boxes on a form. Members expect that when someone achieves trade
recognition, that the papers reflect a qualification standard recognised by
Poorly conducted trade recognition
schemes (or often referred to as RPL- Recognition of Prior Learning) means
that the provider has accessed Government funds, and the recipient holds a
qualification that may be lacking in credibility, or worse still, the
recipient is not given the necessary training to meet the standard and is
prevented from receiving any further government assistance in training.
Another member recently reported
that as he was completing his registration/ application form, he was asked
to not include information about his qualifications. This is very
serious, as the member did not realise that by excluding the information,
he risked being accused of fraud.
Please contact the VACC Skills
Development Centre on (03) 9829 1126, if you would like to undertake a
trade recognition program or to report questionable activity.
A colossal 24,008 people attended the
Herald Sun Melbourne Career Expo this year.
The VACC MAAP My Future and Auto
Apprenticeships displays were fun and educational.
The impressive motor vehicle
display, supplied by Cummins and SP Tools had a constant flow of visitors.
Many students, teachers and people seeking a career change took advantage
of the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable staff about their Automotive
Hugely popular were three speed and
precision challenges, with Grand Prix tickets as prizes. They attracted
some great participants - and here are the results:
Simulator - Test Your Professional Race Driver Skills
The Challenge: Time the fastest lap around
The winner is Chris Grey with a time of 1’54.124.
The fastest lap achieved on the track to date by a
Professional Race Driver,
is 1’23.529 by Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel is having a great career. He claimed the world
title in 2010, making him the youngest World Champion in 61 years of FI
competition. At twenty-three years of age he had achieved ten pole
positions, three fastest race laps, five wins and 10 podiums for a total of
If you want to know what it takes to stay at the top as
a Professional Race Driver, for Vettel's regime, click here.
Plug Removal and Insertion Challenge
The Challenge: Be the fastest contestant.
The winner is Michael Brazell, a Kangan Institute
Pre-Apprentice with a time
of 4.2 seconds.
Lifter Assemblage Challenge
The Challenge: Be the fastest contestant.
The winner is Nathan Selridge from Mackillop College
with a time of 52.1 seconds.
SOLID MEMBER RESPONSE TO NEW VACC SKILL SETS
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
The good news is that your prior
experience may significantly reduce the amount of hands-on training you will
be required to do. Practical sessions are delivered on Saturdays to reduce
business down time.
Heavy Commercial Vehicle Skill Set for Light Vehicle
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.
Automotive Electrical Skill Set for Light Vehicle
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
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.
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.
STILL LOVE YOUR CARS, TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES?
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.
does the VACC now challenge you now to get your skills and knowledge
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.
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
Your Assessor has long experience in
the industry and is there to help you get across the line in the quickest
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
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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