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MTAA welcomes changes to New Energy Apprenticeship Program

The MTAA has moved to welcome the tweaked New Energy Apprenticeship Program and its latest zero-emissions vehicle focus

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) has welcomed the federal government’s changes that it has made to its New Energy Apprenticeship Program.

The latest tweaks mean the expanded program will encourage more apprentices to consider the dynamic automotive sector as a preferred career choice and enter a profession at the forefront of Australia’s shift to clean energy in servicing the country’s growing fleet of electric vehicles.

The revised initiative now requires apprentices to have electric vehicle exposure during their apprenticeship, with MTAA CEO Matt Hobbs calling this a “sensible move” by the federal government to support the automotive workforce as it prepares for the shift away from fossil fuels and towards electric powertrains.

MTAA CEO Matthew Hobbs. Image: MTAA

“Securing government support for our members and their workforces has been a top priority of the MTAA this year. We are pleased the government is listening but note there is more to be done,” Hobbs says.

“We look forward to continuing the discussion with the government on the important role the automotive industry can play in the transition of the economy to a low emission future.

“The MTAA and its state and territory bodies are now focused on working with their 15,000 members to understand the changes to the New Energy Apprenticeship Program and assist businesses and apprentices to access this essential support.”

The changes come at a point where the industry is preparing for the impending New Vehicle Efficiency Standard from 2025 onwards, with the standard expected to broaden the range of low and zero-emissions vehicles available in Australia.

The MTAA has previously called for a wide-ranging package of support for automotive businesses and their workforces to transition to an increasingly electrified future, which has implications for training, tooling and facilities as well as the need for charging infrastructure.

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