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MAAP Mentor Apprenticeship Program
The highly successful Mentor Apprenticeship Program is ongoing in 2014.
“This is a fantastic free service for business owners and their apprentices. It takes care of all those little issues frequently seen when apprentices enter the workforce for the first time - issues which if unnoticed and not dealt with, will have a huge impact on the new apprentice’s productivity and ability to learn.”, says Clint Franzone, who heads up the service at VACC.
"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 register
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 industry.
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.