Mentoring

The MTA is the sole provider of the ISMAA service for 1st and 2nd year automotive apprentices in South Australia.

This mentoring program is designed to support employed apprentices, helping them to overcome barriers and giving them the best chance of obtaining their qualification and increasing future employment and study opportunities.

Support for 1st and 2nd year automotive apprentices

The MTA is the sole provider of the ISMAA service for South Australian automotive apprentices who are in their 1st or 2nd year of their apprenticeship.

The mentoring program is designed to support employed apprentices, helping them to overcome barriers and giving them the best chance of obtaining their qualification and increasing future employment and study opportunities. By working with hosts and apprentices, our Automotive Apprentice Mentors (under this free service) will guide apprentices through any learning, technical or social issues the apprentice may be experiencing.

By working with apprentices, our Automotive Apprentice Mentors will assist in the retention and completion of training, leading to successful career outcomes and making sure apprentices remain a valuable asset to automotive businesses in South Australia.

Mentors will mainly meet face to face with eligible apprentices to help them deal with any aspect of their training and development, whether professional or personal. Telephone, Email, SMS and video conferencing can also be utilised.

For further information, read below.

MTA AUTOMOTIVE APPRENTICE MENTORS

Melissa Clark – 0437 107 190

MTA Training and Employment Centre
3 Frederick Road
Royal Park SA 5014

Tania Reval – 0438 516 657

MTA Training and Employment Centre
3 Frederick Road
Royal Park SA 5014

ENSURING APPRENTICES DON'T get left behind!

The MTA’s Automotive Apprentice Mentors are here to help by:

  • This free service assists with learning and development issues with apprentices, ensuring apprentice retention and completion
  • Providing support groups for identified apprentices who need assistance in completing their apprenticeship
  • Working with automotive apprentices and RTO’s and identifying training requirements
  • Working as a conduit between automotive apprentices, hosts, job service providers, Group Training Organisations and Registered Training Organisations and TAFE institutes and the ISMAA Administrator

MTA Automotive Apprentice Mentors will assist South Australian automotive apprentices by:

  • Identifying and implementing supports to ensure apprentice retention and successful completion of automotive apprenticeships
  • Providing mentor liaison with employers to identify apprentices who would benefit from mentoring
  • Identifying and implementing supports required to ensure apprentice retention and successful completion of automotive apprenticeships
  • Supporting and guiding mentees through workplace expectations, management strategies and act as a conduit between employer and trainers to address training shortfalls
  • Providing trade and pastoral support, including liaison with their employer as to performance and management issues identified at the start of mentoring and those which emerge once engaged in the program
  • Executing a referral pathway to access mental health services, literacy and numeracy and financial competency services.
  • Developing and maintaining a trust based mentor relationship with each apprentice
  • Ensuring apprentice welfare throughout an apprentice’s training
  • Ensuring apprentices have easy access to career advice and further training information and advice
  • Providing assistance in addressing literacy and numeracy difficulties and direction to outside support services
  • Working with vulnerable apprentices who identified a low self- esteem and personal confidence and mentors will provide career guidance accordingly
  • Providing advice to apprentices who believed their choice of apprenticeship was not correct for them and includes liaising with the employer to relocate the apprentice into an alternative trade or industry
  • Advising apprentices of their obligations to their employer regarding attitude, work ethic, following directives and ensuring that they adhere to workplace policies
  • Liaising with parents and guardians of apprentices to attempt to alter the attitudes of their children towards their employment and other social issues that are impacting on their ongoing employment opportunities
  • Mentors will liaise with host employers who will also be requested to give their assessment of any concerns regarding their apprentice/s, which will also continue for the duration of the mentoring period

The MTA is dedicated to the continuous improvement and development of South Australian automotive apprentices and has established networks and connections within the automotive industry to provide opportunities to discuss barriers to completing an apprenticeship as experienced by apprentices. The MTA’s Automotive Apprentice Mentors will utilise established networks to ensure that automotive apprentices are getting the support they need, including:
Industry engagement workshops

  • Employer surveys
  • Direct industry engagement
  • Automotive Apprentice Mentors will work closely with job service providers, Group Training Organisations and Registered Training Organisations and TAFE institutes across South Australia

MTA Automotive Apprentice Mentors will provide the free ISMAA mentoring service to apprentices in the following ways:

  • Face to face support for automotive apprentices in the ISMAA program
  • Email liaison with apprentices in the ISMAA program
  • Phone liaison with apprentices in the ISMAA program

Complaints handling:

The MTA takes complaints seriously. Click here for a copy of our Complaint Process Policy.

Please contact the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre on 8241 0522.

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