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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 18, 2012
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Pre-apprenticeship training a kick-start
Daniel, who is
starting his training
course in January,
checks the oil on the
training course ute.
Pre-apprenticeship training came into being
out of the need for employers to hire staff
that were interested in the automotive
industry and had shown a commitment to
training over a sustained period of time.
This allowed employers to hire staff that
were productive in the workshop at a very
early stage and were committed to the
automotive industry, not someone who
thought "it was a good idea" to get "into"
cars because of something they saw on
To become a qualified automotive
technician under the Motor Industry Training
Organisation (MITO) apprenticeship scheme,
you have to achieve a total of 271 credits.
This is achieved by completing unit
standards at level 2, 3, 4 and for Atech, level
5 Mara Autotraining, a private training
establishment (PTE) providing automotive
pre-apprenticeship training, runs fulltime
courses that give the students a basic
grounding in a wide variety of automotive
topics they are likely to find in an
Mara's fulltime course covers 120 credits
(you are able to achieve more) and runs for
42 weeks. After completion, the student
achieves a certificate in automotive
engineering (level 3).
Mara is registered with NZQA (8465) and
Studylink for student loans.
Course offers rural skills to teens
Round-up: There are plenty of opportunities for farm-related employment. A year-long government-supported Introductory
Rural Skills course has a limited number of places for applicants who show the right attitude.
At last there is a practical
positive alternative to
schooling for Manawatu teens
who would rather be out of
the classroom and doing something
else -- preferably in the great outdoors.
"In this climate, the opportunities for
young people who want to leave school
and get a job are limited," says
Agriculture New Zealand's Gerard
"Kids who are not connecting well
with school reluctantly stay on, while
schools, in some situations, reluctantly
put up with them."
In many cases, the days of school
leavers being able to rock up to an
entry-level job, or quickly fall in with an
apprenticeship, are gone. Fortunately,
for a select few in Manawatu, there is
Agriculture New Zealand, a PGG
Wrightson business, has about a dozen
places available on a one-year fulltime
Introductory Rural Skills course
commencing on Monday, February 13.
Available for 16-17-year-olds, the
agricultural-oriented course is supported
under the Government's Youth
"It's exciting and it is a fantastic
opportunity for 16-17-year-olds. There
are plenty of agricultural work
opportunities, especially in dairying."
Aimed at encouraging school leavers
to not only continue their schooling but
gain practical farming skills that result in
nationally recognised qualifications, the
course can lead directly to employment,
or provide a platform into further
"One of the aims is to encourage
them to move on to further training," Mr
Karalus says. "The programme has a
literacy and numeracy component.
There are those who need applied
practical examples in order to
appreciate subjects like maths, for
example. You need maths to mix sprays,
and work out budgets and feed
requirements. When they realise these
practical applications, it can often flick
on a light."
Introductory Rural Skills involves a
mixture of classroom and practical
learning, as well as on-site workplace
training that will see students gain skills
and knowledge about ATVs, tractors and
chainsaws; livestock handling and
treatment; milking; fencing and farm
maintenance; and agrichemicals.
Successful applicants will also be taught
goal setting, career planning, banking,
budgeting, communications, and job-
Not only does the programme
improve educational, employment and
life choice opportunities, but it
introduces course members to potential
"Selection will be based on attitude,
not on a candidate's academic record,"
Mr Karalus says, And with the first intake
starting on February 13, interest for any
of those dozen or so Introductory Rural
Skills places should be registered quickly
by phoning 0800 475 455 or via the
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