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, 12 September.
Ella works at Corso Body Works and was a very proud recipient on the night. Ella is being mentored under the MAAP My Future Mentoring program and said her Mentor Effie Tsetinis has been very helpful and she finds it easy to talk to her about any issues she may be having.
Ella is photographed with VACC's General Manager for IR, OHSE & Training, Leyla Yilmaz.
"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.
New VACC Skill Builders Training Portal
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 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.
1. Managing a Small Business
Short courses for you to focus on the essential skills you need to manage and grow your business
2. Professional Improvement
Get ahead with your leadership, communication and career development skills
3. Lifestyle and Leisure
Kick back and relax with interesting and enjoyable short courses for you.
Stay tuned – launching soon.
MAAP My Future
Sourcing and retaining quality apprentices has been a long standing issue for the automotive industry. To effectively address current and potential skills shortages, and to ensure the longevity of business through the ongoing supply and retention of apprentices, VACC has become a service provider of the Apprenticeship Mentoring and Adviser Programs.
VACC Members have an outstanding opportunity to access free of charge two excellent government funded programs that will directly benefit their business, now and into the future.
The Apprenticeship Advisers Program focuses on, and is not restricted to, providing industry specific information to potential auto apprenticeship candidates to assist them to make informed decisions about their auto apprenticeship career pathway. Advisers primarily work with potential apprentices and also provide information and resources to potential and existing employers of automotive apprentices, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and other community stakeholders to support the effective flow of new candidates into the automotive industry.
The Apprenticeship Mentors Program is tailored to the first year apprentice. It is a non-intrusive support program which provides support for the business and apprentice as needed. The program focuses on encouraging apprentices and business owners to identify areas of concern before they become unresolvable issues. Mentors assist with all areas of apprentice employment and training and can provide employers with links to other services, either VACC based or specialist organisations.
For more information, please access it here, or you can phone Clint Franzone, Program Coordinator, on 03 9829 1135.