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TAFE provides training solutions for mechanics

Von Bibra Auto Village enlisted TAFE Queensland Gold Coast to upskill a group of Mechanics in their Nissan workshop after a private registered training organisation (RTO) failed to deliver.

Eight mechanics from 25 to 60-years-old required skills in the auto electrical field to enable them to complete comprehensive services on todays modern computer operated vehicles.

Workshop Foreman, Michael Brennan, said he has already seen huge benefits from the training provided by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

"I've put the guys on jobs they couldn't do prior to the training and they have not only worked quickly but also efficiently," said Mr Brennan.

"Previously they would need to call upon Nissan technical or a traditional auto electrical business to help them solve problems which was very time consuming."

"The training from TAFE was of a high quality, easily digestible and targeted to the specific skills required for them to do their job entirely."

Mr Brennan said after being disappointed by the private RTO, he constantly tested the TAFE training by giving his mechanics unfamiliar jobs.

"I started throwing them auto electrical task that would have usually been sublet to an auto electrical business and to my surprise they responded extremely well," said Mr Brennan.

"I have already noticed the value, both in time and money, by having these students trained by the professional and experienced team from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast."

Mr Brennan said his Mechanics were initially enrolled with a private RTO to receive the training, however the training was of poor quality and the trainer inadequate.

"It was the mechanics themselves, who requested to be removed from the private RTO training as they found it to be wasting their time and they weren't learning anything beneficial."

"We then called upon TAFE Queensland Gold Coast to provide quality training that enhanced their skills and knowledge, and thankfully they were able to fulfil that."

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Automotive Electrical Teacher, Richard Sullivan, said he identified the mechanics skills gap and modified a training package specifically for the group.

"These working mechanics struggled with the new technology which is built into vehicles today, so we really concentrated on what they don't know, what new technology is out in industry and what diagnosis skills they require to understand the job at hand, " said Mr Sullivan.

"The training was about enriching their own abilities, knowledge and confidence by teaching them how and why auto electrical systems work so their diagnostic skills could be attuned to thinking how an auto electrician would think, rather than a mechanic or technician tradesperson."

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast trained the mechanical cohort over a 12 month period, by spending four hours a fortnight in the workshop using TAFE resources so they didn't have to be removed from the business.

Mr Sullivan said he exposed the Nissan mechanics to new automotive tools and diagnostic equipment which are now used in their workshop on a daily basis.