Lower fees, local skills supercharging automotive training

Automotive apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are at a record high thanks to the WA State Government’s massive investment in vocational education and training.
Speaking today at the opening of the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia’s (MTA WA) Automotive Innovation Training Centre, Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery revealed that apprenticeship and traineeship commencements for the automotive industry have increased more than 176 per cent since September 2016. 

  • There has been almost 7,200 publicly funded enrolments in automotive qualifications in 2021 to the end of October –  a 25 per cent increase on October last year.
  • More than 6,200 (87 per cent) of publicly funded automotive enrolments in 2021 have been part of the Lower fees, local skills program, which offers over 200 qualifications with course fees reduced by half or more.
  • The courses with the most enrolments are the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (1,520 enrolments) and the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (1,429); with enrolments in these courses increased by 24 per cent and 31 per cent respectively compared to the same period last year.

The automotive industry is critical to the State and having a skilled workforce is a high priority for the State Government. Job adverts for motor mechanics in WA have increased by almost 61 per cent compared to this time last year, while employment within the Automotive Electricians and Mechanics occupation group has increased and is today estimated to be 19 per cent higher than five years ago.

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The opening of the new Automotive Innovation Training Centre will further drive skills creation and address the changing training needs of the automotive industry created by advancing vehicle technology. The centre will offer training programs in auto electrical, battery and hybrid electrical programs, advanced driver assistance systems and airconditioning, with further programs to be added as technologies develop.

Lower fees, local skills supercharging automotive training

“These figures are proof that my Government’s investment in training is working.“ said Premier Mark McGowan. "The automotive industry is experiencing the greatest level of change since Karl Benz first drove his automobile in 1886. Through our investment in training and upskilling Western Australians we are ensuring the State is prepared to meet this demand. The Automotive Innovation Training Centre will play a significant part in meeting the industry’s skilled workforce needs. Congratulations to the MTA WA on its wonderful and timely new training facility, which will help meet future industry skills needs and challenges.”.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "The growth of hydrogen and battery technologies are creating exciting opportunities for West Australians training and working in the automotive industry. The new Automotive Innovation Training Centre will provide industry-ready apprentices and upskill current technicians to support the arrival of new vehicles and a range of other industry technologies. Recent announcements of large-scale hydrogen production plants will see an acceleration of hydrogen technology. Government and industry are working together to ensure the automotive workforce is ready to make the most of the opportunities ahead"

Read the full media statement here