#NISSMAP Named Finalist in the 2016 Australian Training Awards

The Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program known as NISSMAP has been named a finalist in the 2016 Australian Training Awards  -Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award Category. The program was created by WPC Group and the Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) and offers Nissan dealers in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia a turnkey solution to addressing their labor pipeline needs - whilst giving young people interested in automotive careers access to a dynamic 21st century career.  The program immerses apprentices in Nissan vehicles, technologies, diagnostic tooling processes from day one. Each apprentice is matched with a dedicated one-on-one mentor from WPC Group. The mentors all have deep industry experience and counselling skills, and add to the enhance the experience of the program. The NISSMAP program offers participants an accelerated apprenticeship qualification that is delivered in state-of-the-art training facilities around the country, in conjunction with the Nissan Learning Academy and TAFE. The partnership works closely with The Skilling Australia Foundation, who offer job readiness and pre employment training before the apprentices commence. The program has had over 140 participants and an 86% apprenticeship retention rate, that is significantly higher than the 49% industry average. If you would like to join the program or further details contact your local WPC Group office.

 

The One Thing Electricians, Chefs, and Race Car Drivers Have in Common? #NISSMAP

You’d be hard-pressed to name three jobs that seem to have as little in common as an electrician, a chef, and a race car driver. But even though the work couldn’t be more different, these jobs share one important trait; they all require practical skills that can be gained through hands-on experience in the real working world, not just books, theory or classroom study.

Although not everyone interested in automotive careers will become a V8 supercar racing driver, a plethora of other opportunities abound not only in motorsport, but across Australia’s dynamic and growing automotive sector. Jobs including Heavy Vehicle Technician, Auto Electrical and Parts Integrity. Many people mistakenly think of skilled jobs as low-paying jobs with no opportunities for advancement. This couldn’t be further from the case. The reality is that today there is a huge variety of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a traditional university education.

Mark D’Aversa from WPC’s Group recently caught up with Todd Kelly at the teams workshop. Todd  is one of the most successful V8 supercars drivers in the championship, with 19 race wins, 28 podiums and a Bathurst 1000 victory under his belt.  Check out Todd and team mates Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso and Dale Wood at Nissan Motorsport http://www.nissanmotorsport.com.au/team or call WPC recruitment to find out about opportunities in Nissan Australia and WPC’s innovate ‘Nissmap’ Mentored Apprenticeship Program call 1300 656 461.

Want to see the team in action – upcoming races include the #Sandown500 #Bathurst1000 # GoldCoast600 #Sydney500 #PhillipIslandSuperSprint

 

NISSMAP apprentice Ashlee Poole - Kangan Institute’s Apprentice of the Year.

Victoria has shown categorically, that there is a very valued place in the automotive industry for female apprentices and technicians.

Ashlee currently attends her NISSMAP block release training at the state of the art facility in Melbourne’s Docklands, known as the Automotive Centre of Excellence. Her factory trained NISSMAP teacher George Orfanidis was delighted with Ashlee’s award saying that “she really goes above and beyond both at work and at TAFE”.

Shortly after the announcement was made public, Anthony (Fred) Frederiksen and Steve Dunn from Nissan Motor Company headed down to Wight’s Nissan to personally congratulate Ashlee. Fred and Steve spent some time with her Service Manager and Workshop Foreman who both commented on how well Ashlee is going, and that she has a bright future ahead. Ashlee then joined Fred and Steve for lunch, as we spoke about Nissan, NISSMAP and her future career. Ashlee is aiming at becoming a Nissan Master Technician which is fantastic to hear.

Originally published by Nissan Learning Academy, 2016.
Want to find out about how you can become involved in NISSMAP as an apprentice or an employer? Call Mark on 1300 656 461.


   

Apprentices from @MBMelbourne headed off on #International Scholarship to extend their training #USA

Two apprentices at Mercedes-Benz Melbourne headed off on an International Scholarship to extend their training in the USA this week. Mattin Nguyen, 23, and John Galvez, 22, are each working toward a Certificate III in light vehicle mechanical technology. They arrived in California where they were met by Garth Blumenthal, General Manager Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz.

The scholarship, presented by the Honorable Steve Herbert, Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, was awarded through the Skilling Australia Foundation and made possible with the support of the Perpetual Foundation of the Kingston Sedgfield Charitable Trust.

“For both scholarship recipients – this is will be a life-changing experience that will expose them to skills and work practices on another continent” said Skilling Australia Chairman Frederick Maddern OBE.

After finishing high school, John Galvez decided that earning a trade qualification was the best way to secure his future. He had always been interested in automobiles, and enjoyed helping friends and family with car repair and diagnostic work.

“After I finished school I was job-hunting for around a year. It was kind of hard finding an apprenticeship due to not many people hiring apprentices at that time,” John said.

Once he landed the apprenticeship with Mercedes-Benz Melbourne, John began learning new skills at a rapid pace. “I had a whole new list of responsibilities that I had not had before,” he recalled. “When I first started my apprenticeship I was nervous, but the staff members made it easy to adapt to a new environment.”

Now in his fourth year of the apprenticeship, John has found that one of the most important tools for success is “to be hard-working, and to always want to be better.”

Mattin is a third-year apprentice who grew up working on cars with his brother. He has always had a passion for automotive mechanics and knew he wanted to pursue a career in the trade.

“I didn’t have the right resources and there was a lack of information, until I found WPC, who really helped me find my pathway,” Mattin said. “They helped me out with great support and insightful advice about different career aspects.”

Mattin feels confident about his career going forward. “I feel like I’m heading towards the right career pathway,” he said, adding, “I still feel as though there is more room to grow and achieve more goals after completing my apprenticeship.” For others considering apprenticeship or starting out in their careers, John and Mattin have similar advice. The most important thing, according to John, is to “start—and finish—training in a trade or career that you enjoy doing.”

For more information on Scholarship opportunities, or to support Skilling Australia contact the foundation Manager, Julia Pannan.

T: 1300 096 120
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NISSMAP Apprentice wins Kangan Institute Apprentice of the Year award

June 10, 2016

NISSMAP female apprentice Ashlee Poole has been awarded the prestigious title of Kangan Institute’s Apprentice of the Year.

Ashlee who works at Wight’s Nissan at Traralgon in Victoria has shown categorically, that there is a very valued place in the automotive industry for female apprentices and technicians.

Ashlee currently attends her NISSMAP block release training at the state of the art facility in Melbourne’s Docklands, known as the Automotive Centre of Excellence. Her factory trained NISSMAP teacher George Orfanidis was delighted with Ashlee’s award saying that “she really goes above and beyond both at work and at TAFE”.

Shortly after the announcement was made public, Anthony (Fred) Frederiksen and Steve Dunn from Nissan Motor Company headed down to Wight’s Nissan to personally congratulate Ashlee. Fred and Steve spent some time with her Service Manager and Workshop Foreman who both commented on how well Ashlee is going, and that she has a bright future ahead. Ashlee then joined Fred and Steve for lunch, as we spoke about Nissan, NISSMAP and her future career. Ashlee is aiming at becoming a Nissan Master Technician which is fantastic to hear.

 


Originally published by: Nissan Learning Academy, April 2016
- See more at: http://www.aceauto.com.au/nissmap-apprentice-wins-kangan-institute-apprentice-of-the-year-award/

 

 

NISSMAP female apprentice Ashlee Poole has been awarded the prestigious title of Kangan Institute’s Apprentice of the Year.

Ashlee who works at Wight’s Nissan at Traralgon in Victoria has shown categorically, that there is a very valued place in the automotive industry for female apprentices and technicians.

Ashlee currently attends her NISSMAP block release training at the state of the art facility in Melbourne’s Docklands, known as the Automotive Centre of Excellence. Her factory trained NISSMAP teacher George Orfanidis was delighted with Ashlee’s award saying that “she really goes above and beyond both at work and at TAFE”.

Shortly after the announcement was made public, Anthony (Fred) Frederiksen and Steve Dunn from Nissan Motor Company headed down to Wight’s Nissan to personally congratulate Ashlee. Fred and Steve spent some time with her Service Manager and Workshop Foreman who both commented on how well Ashlee is going, and that she has a bright future ahead. Ashlee then joined Fred and Steve for lunch, as we spoke about Nissan, NISSMAP and her future career. Ashlee is aiming at becoming a Nissan Master Technician which is fantastic to hear.

From everyone at Nissan and NISSMAP CONGRTAULATIONS ASHLEE!!

Originally published by: Nissan Learning Academy, April 2016

- See more at: http://www.aceauto.com.au/nissmap-apprentice-wins-kangan-institute-apprentice-of-the-year-award/#sthash.n5z75Kox.dpuf

NISSMAP female apprentice Ashlee Poole has been awarded the prestigious title of Kangan Institute’s Apprentice of the Year.

Ashlee who works at Wight’s Nissan at Traralgon in Victoria has shown categorically, that there is a very valued place in the automotive industry for female apprentices and technicians.

Ashlee currently attends her NISSMAP block release training at the state of the art facility in Melbourne’s Docklands, known as the Automotive Centre of Excellence. Her factory trained NISSMAP teacher George Orfanidis was delighted with Ashlee’s award saying that “she really goes above and beyond both at work and at TAFE”.

Shortly after the announcement was made public, Anthony (Fred) Frederiksen and Steve Dunn from Nissan Motor Company headed down to Wight’s Nissan to personally congratulate Ashlee. Fred and Steve spent some time with her Service Manager and Workshop Foreman who both commented on how well Ashlee is going, and that she has a bright future ahead. Ashlee then joined Fred and Steve for lunch, as we spoke about Nissan, NISSMAP and her future career. Ashlee is aiming at becoming a Nissan Master Technician which is fantastic to hear.

From everyone at Nissan and NISSMAP CONGRTAULATIONS ASHLEE!!

Originally published by: Nissan Learning Academy, April 2016

- See more at: http://www.aceauto.com.au/nissmap-apprentice-wins-kangan-institute-apprentice-of-the-year-award/#sthash.n5z75Kox.dpuf

NISSMAP Apprentice wins Kangan Institute Apprentice of the Year award.

- See more at: http://www.aceauto.com.au/nissmap-apprentice-wins-kangan-institute-apprentice-of-the-year-award/#sthash.n5z75Kox.dpuf
   

Emanuel, Pursuing a Passion #skills #apprenticeship

Emanuel Mangos was in his second year at university studying for an engineering degree when he decided to switch paths. His parents were a little surprised at first when he announced that he wanted to pursue an automotive apprenticeship at Porsche Centre Sydney South.
Emanuel has always loved working on cars, which he often did with his dad on weekends. He has fond memories of rebuilding a “small block 350 chev in his dad’s boat”
For Emanuel, the fascination with automobiles was more than a weekend hobby. It was something he wanted to do all the time.
“When the opportunity arose to go to uni, it looked like the better path at the time,” Emanuel said. But once there, Emanuel realized he wasn’t following his true passion. Even thought the career change was surprising at first, Emanuel’s parents have been supportive of his decision.
“With the automotive apprenticeship at Porsche, the hours are long but it’s worth it,” said Emanuel. “I’m learning how to be proactive and have a can-do attitude, and also how to work with a sense of urgency.”
The hands-on nature of the work means Emanuel is learning new skills and honing them every day, all while working in a field his is passionate about and meeting new people.
“Now that I’ve started the apprenticeship, I feel a big sense of potential, both here with Porsche and for the future in general.”
Emanuel’s advice to anyone choosing a career or considering an apprenticeship is simple and sound: “Choose something you enjoy.”

   

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Trade Support Loans

Trade Support Loans are loans paid in instalments totalling up to $20,000, over the life of the apprenticeship. These loans help Australian Apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship.

The Programme started on 21 July 2014.

Trade Support Loans are available to Australian Apprentices undertaking a certificate III or IV level qualification leading to certain priority trade occupations that currently appear on the National Skills Needs List as well as a number of agriculture and horticulture qualifications at the certificate II, III and IV levels. For more information on eligible qualifications, please refer to the Trade Support Loans Priority List Fact Sheet.

Further information
For more information on eligibility and applying under the Trade Support Loans Programme, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider; call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73; or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

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