Issue 38, 11 March 2014


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VACC/TACC Survey – Important Senate Inquiry into TAFE

Have your say on Trade Training


VACC/TACC would like to thank Members who took the time to complete the recent online survey regarding the training of automotive apprentices.


With over 270  responses, it is clear to see that this issue is one of great interest and significance to our Members.


Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will assist us in compiling our submission for this important Senate Inquiry.




VACC SDC Short Courses


Initial (5 Day) OHS Course for Health and Safety Representatives, Managers and Supervisors

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th May 2014


OHS 1 Day Health and Safety Representatives Refresher Training

19th May 2014



Wheel Alignment, Steering and Suspension

26th – 28th May 2014 (3 days)



http://www.vaccsdc.com.au/Portals/0/eNewsletters/Images/issue38/Mechanic.jpgDo You Directly Employ an Apprentice?


VACC Apprenticeship Mentors have mentored over 600 apprentices over the last 16 months under the MAAP Mentoring Program.


MAAP Mentoring has proven to be highly successful with the team having a 93% retention rate; and given the national average is 51% this is a huge achievement for the Automotive Industry.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your business and employee to help ensure the apprenticeship goes smoothly.


This is a fully-funded VACC service!


To find out more or to meet your local Apprenticeship Mentor, contact the Victorian Coordinator:


Clint Franzone

Ph.: 03 9829 1135

E-mail: cfranzone@vacc.com.au


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60th Victorian Training Awards


Calling all exceptional apprentices, trainees, industry leaders, training providers and teachers – nominations for the 2014 Victorian Training Awards are now open.


Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, is encouraging all Victorians involved in vocational education and training to nominate for the awards. Now in its 60th year, the awards recognise the amazing achievements of students, teachers, training providers and employers in equipping various individuals for the Victorian workforce.


There are 14 categories to enter, including Victorian Apprentice of the Year, Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year, Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development and Victorian Vocational Student of the Year.


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http://www.vaccsdc.com.au/Portals/0/eNewsletters/Images/issue38/vaccsm.jpghttp://www.vaccsdc.com.au/Portals/0/eNewsletters/Images/issue38/stategov.jpgAustralian Automotive Week

Australia’s annual premier showcase for the automotive industry


Proudly supported by VACC


From 11-16 March 2014, Australian Automotive Week is held to coincide with the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix. The week is designed to drive business engagement and the opportunity for industry to take part in a series of events and activities that highlight Australia’s state-of-the-art automotive and manufacturing capabilities.




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How to get an Automotive Management Certificate IV or Diploma qualification that really counts…









You’ve travelled the distance, now get the reward   


Trade Certifications are back!

Brand new qualifications for 2014!


What does it mean to get a Trade Certification?

Your customers will know that you have what it takes in today’s automotive industry and it gives new customers a great reason to choose you.


You could benefit your business or career by opening doors that may have previously been closed without the proper accreditation.


There’s no need to study


If you are experienced in your trade and meet the eligibility requirements, VACC’s 2014 Trade Certification Program will recognise your expertise.


Do you already have an automotive mechanical Certificate III?


Then see your Certificate IV options:

-          AUR40212 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis

-          AUR40412 Certificate IV in Automotive Performance

-          AUR40612 Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology


Find out if you’re eligible for government subsidy today.


Phone VACC Skills Development Centre on 03 9829 1126 and talk to one of our team members today.


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Social Media – a force to be reckoned with


Think you can ignore social media? If you own a business, do so at your peril!


Some 30% of small businesses, 47% of medium businesses and 79% of large businesses currently report that they have a social media presence, says the Yellow™ Social Media Report, 2013. AIMIA, Yellow Pages.


Of the proportion of small and medium businesses that have a social media presence, 29% are metropolitan and 35% are in regional areas.


So does social media really have an effect on business performance?


Download the Yellow™ Social Media Report 2013, and see page 68 for your answer.


For more about Social Media, and how you can use it in your business:


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Need training on the use of social media? Try your local resources first for short courses.



Want to understand more about marketing your business?


In 2014, Business Victoria is presenting the Marketing for Growth Workshop.

See if a workshop is scheduled in your area – it only costs $30 to attend!


Click here and search under Marketing and Social Media to find all workshops available now.



Free Webcast


How to deal with customers that won’t pay


Customers not paying? Make them.


A free webcast from HR Gurus/WHK via Business Victoria


Get your coffee, plug in your earphones – and listen!


Click to open webcast in YouTube



Food for Thought


Retaining existing customers


Worthy insights into retaining your existing customers.


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