19 November 2016
NISSMAP, an innovative automotive skills partnership program was announced as the winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards – “Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award”
The Nissan Mentored Mentorship Program(NISSMAP) is a partnership between WPC Group and Nissan Australia that has employed 150 Automotive Technician Apprenticeships throughout Australia. Other key partners in the program include TAFE and the Skilling Australia Foundation. The foundation runs a job readiness program called Citi New Recruits that served as a solid pathway for many young people into NISSMAP – and on to successful and rewarding careers.
Skilling Australia Chairman Fred Maddern OBE said “It’s wonderful when partners come together with a common cause, to get young people job ready – and then into their dream careers.” “We want young Australians to have the opportunity to be the best they can be.”
Left to right: Nicholas Wyman (WPC Group CEO), Anthony Frederiksen (Nissan Training Academy) and Andrew Sezonov (WPC Group General Manager).
One such recruit is Robbie Vidotto from Mantello Nissan in Roxburgh Park, Victoria. Robbie enjoyed working on cars at home on the weekends and often helped friends with car repairs, so mechanics was the perfect fit. He completed the Citi New Recruits program where he learned career skills that gave him the confidence to pursue a full-time apprenticeship with Nissan and NISSMAP.
Robbie liked the job placement aspect of the Citi New Recruits program because it gave him the chance to show his prospective employer who he really was. “I wanted to try my hardest to get that job,” Robbie said. Now in his second year at the dealership, Robbie is well on the way to earning his Certificate III in light vehicle mechanics. On a given day, he is busy working on repairs, learning and maintaining tools, cleaning the workshop, or breaking down turbo engines with a colleague and testing his knowledge of the parts.
Robbie appreciates the employer support and guidance at the dealership. They were important factors in his decision to pursue the apprenticeship with Nissan. Robbie’s advice for a young person considering an apprenticeship is: “Don’t wait around. Give it a shot.”
The Australian Training Awards judging panel based their decision on factors such as leadership in vocational education and collaboration with stakeholders. Skilling Australia congratulates all the young people who were finalists and recipients of awards in Darwin, and Nissan and WPC on this wonderful result.