Trade Pathways for Experienced Workers program: Case Study

Do you have experience working in the Automotive Trade?

The NSW Government’s Trade Pathways for Experienced Workers Program has been a great opportunity to formally recognise those working in the Automotive industry – in particular their Automotive skills and experience via a Qualification.

Patrick obtained his Certificate III in AUR30620 Light Vehicle Mechanical course through My Trade Start via the Trades Pathway for Experienced Workers program. He shares his experience with the program and My Trade Start.

Case study: in depth account

My name is Patrick and I have been working in the capacity of an Automotive Mechanic for approximately 4.5 years. Initially I started in the role as a casual employee working as a tradesman’s assistant and quickly grew my interest in the industry and pursuing it as a career.

After talking to my employer about the possibility of undergoing a ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) program and researching about the process I was put onto the Trades Pathways program and submitted an online initial application to ensure my eligibility for the program.

The Trades Pathways program for Experienced Workers seemed suitable for myself as I was provided a list of outcomes that I had to provide assurance of competency by providing my case manager with job cards and photos for each training outcome.

This process of gathering evidence through photos and job cards was smoothly integrated into my day-to-day operations in the automotive workshop and after obtaining references for my supervisor/co-workers and employer, all evidence for the training outcomes were submitted as proof of competency.

Throughout the process my employer and co-workers were extremely helpful offering to assist with the gathering of evidence in the form of photos and references. The qualification is incredibly meaningful to me and really qualifies and quantifies the work and learning that I have been doing over the past 4.5 years into something tangible to help me progress in my career as an automotive mechanic.

I would strongly recommend the Trades Pathways program to anyone with experience in a trade job who wants to achieve a formal qualification and who is unsure of what they may be eligible for or how to proceed. The staff at My Trade Start are extremely accommodating, especially of my position and what I wanted to gain from the Trades Pathways program, offering fantastic guidance and support on the process and communicating with me regularly as we progressed through the course.

pre-apprenticeships recruitment my trade start

Note: Patrick wished not to be photographed

Taking your Auto experience to the next level & the benefits the Program provides!

  • Program is for free
  • Greater negotiation skills
  • Greater job security and flexibility
  • Increase your employability
  • Ability to negotiate for Higher wages
  • More chances to work in desired Manufacturers
  • Gaining transferable skills
  • improved career pathway & more
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My Trade Start (MTS)

As an approved Training provider, we have to date assessed a good number of individuals, as well as support businesses upskill their staff with industry experience. For those who have completed the program, have called out how we made the process as smooth and easy as possible.

If you are looking to take your Automotive experience to that next level, then consider the Trade Pathways for Experienced Workers Program and MTS.

Check out our specialised Automotive courses:

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AUR32420 – Certificate III Automotive Refinishing – Learn more

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AUR30320 – Certificate III Automotive Electrical Technology – Learn more

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AUR32120 – Certificate III Automotive Body Repair – Learn more

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AUR31120 – Certificate III Heavy Commercial Vehicle – Learn more

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AUR30620 – Certificate III Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Learn more