Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
AN innovative Perth training program helping students become plumbers, gasfitters, painters and decorators has won a major Australian Training Award.

Announced in Brisbane on Friday night (November 25), MPA Skills won the School Pathways to VET Award in recognition of its training partnership with John Forrest Secondary College.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The same WA partnership was state winner of the School First Award in 2010.

With two state-of-the-art training campuses in Maylands and Bayswater, MPA Skills is a division of the MPA Group that includes the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA and Master Painters Australia (WA Association).

MPA Group CEO Murray Thomas said the painting and decorating and plumbing and gasfitting programs on offer were designed to address industry shortages.

“Through these programs, students begin the first stage of a mapped and highly supportive life cycle for employment,” he said.

“It begins by integrating school-based pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships with the senior school curriculum.

“The pathway continues through to potential full-time employment with the MPA Skills apprentice employment division on completion of Year 12 or in lieu of finishing secondary schooling.”

As employees of MPA Skills, students remain in a supportive and nurturing environment and have ongoing access to training expertise, industry mentors and a large range of employers and tradespeople within the MPA Group.

“Our aim is to provide a win-win arrangement for all stakeholders,” Mr Thomas said.

“Winning the School Pathways to VET Award gives national acclaim to the outstanding opportunities we are providing, along with many impressive outcomes.

“This is a sensational achievement that reflects our strong commitment to training high-quality apprentices because we want to ensure a bright future for this industry.

“It’s important we promote professional and ethical business practices at the training stage and educate our apprentices on the required trade standards.”

Mr Thomas said trends have shown an increase in applications each year and, beyond 2011, it is anticipated there will be waiting lists for all programs.

More information about MPA Skills is available at www.mpaskills.com.au.

MPA Group CEO Murray Thomas and John Forrest Secondary College principal Di Turner with the School Pathways to VET Award.

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MPA Skills

MPA Skills is a registered training organisation, delivering training for the plumbing and painting industries. It is setting the benchmark in vocational ducation and Training in Western Australia.

With two state-of-the-art training campuses in Maylands and Bayswater, MPA Skills is the major private training provider for the Western Australian plumbing and gasfitting and painting and decorating industries.
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P: 0407 299 653
W: www.mpaskills.com.au


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