Employment Prospects Rev Up #NISSMAP

|  Hume Leader, Melbourne,  6 Dec 2016. |

Westmeadows’ Robbie Vidotto is one of 150 automotive technicians-intraining who have been employed through an award winning apprenticeship project. The Nissan Mentored Mentorship Program is a partnership between the WPC Group and Nissan Australia.
Last month the program won the Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award category at the Australian Training Awards. Through the mentorship, 150 apprentices have been employed – including Mr Vidotto at Mantello Nissan in Roxburgh Park. Other partners in the program include TAFE and the Skilling Australia Foundation.
Mr Vidotto participated in Citi New Recruits before becoming a full-time apprentice with Nissan.


New Age Automotive Skills Training Program Wins National Training Award.

NISSMAP, an innovative automotive skills partnership program was announced as the winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards “Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award” last night in Darwin.

The Nissan Mentored Mentorship Program (NISSMAP) is a partnership between WPC Group and Nissan Australia that places Automotive Technician Apprenticeships throughout Australia.

WPC Group General Manager, Andrew Sezonov said “we are delighted with the recognition and spotlight on advancing the cause of skill-based education through mentored apprenticeships.”

The NISSMAP program offers a competency-based accelerated apprenticeship qualification which can be completed in 2.8 years (most automotive apprenticeships are completed in four years), and is delivered in state-of-the-art TAFE facilities across the country, in conjunction with the Nissan Learning Academy.

Before commencing training, the NISSMAP apprentices are matched with a dedicated one-on-one mentor from WPC Group. With deep industry experience and counselling skills, these mentors have made the difference between success and failure for both the apprentices and Nissan dealer network. The Australian Training Awards Judging panel based their decision on factors such as leadership in vocational education and collaboration with stakeholders.

About WPC Group

WPC Group is one of Australia’s largest employers of apprentices and trainees, with over 600 apprentices and trainees currently working with more than 200 host employers. NISSMAP – the Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program is a world class mentored apprenticeship program.


Mercedes-Benz reveals X-Class ute concepts

X-Class concepts preview Mercedes-Benz's upcoming Navara-based dual-cab light-commercial ute, production is expected to commence late next year with Australian introduction in the first quarter of 2018.

Very rarely would you hear a Mercedes-Benz representative describe the prospects of a concept with the words, "Bring it on". Those words, uttered by David McCarthy, senior manager of public relations for Mercedes-Benz Australia, underlines the company's commitment to putting the X-Class one-ton pick-up truck into production.

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#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.


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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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