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Motorcycle Engineering Apprenticeships

Thursday 14 March 02

Demand for motorcycle engineering apprentices has prompted New Zealand’s motor industry training organisation, MITO, to extend its Modern Apprenticeship qualifications.

The move to include the National Certificate in Motorcycle Engineering will be announced at an Industry Forum in Wellington today (subs: Thursday, March 14).

The Industry Forum will be hosted by the MITO Board with Associate Minister of Education, the Hon Steve Maharey, making the announcement.

The inclusion of Motorcycle Engineering apprenticeships will not only provide young people with qualifications and rewarding careers in the motor industry, but will also help further raise the profile of Modern Apprenticeships, says MITO.

“We are excited about extending Modern Apprenticeships to include this qualification,” said MITO Board Chairman Peter Hancock. “Motorcycle Engineering is an attractive, exciting, high technology sector. Based on discussions with both the industry and from current experience the level of demand is increasing - with tremendous opportunities for our youth to enter this sector.”

Hon Steve Maharey is delighted to see the motor industry expanding Modern Apprenticeships.

“The decision to include Motorcycle Engineering as a qualification signals MITO’s innovative and forward-thinking approach to Modern Apprenticeships,” said Mr Maharey.
“This qualification will be attractive to young people between the ages of 16 and 21 - our target audience for Modern Apprenticeships.”

Modern Apprenticeships are aimed at helping young people access employment-based training for National Certificate qualifications.

Motorcycle Engineering is already an existing MITO qualification with an average completion time of three years.

The motorcycle sector has been growing steadily in New Zealand with the number of businesses dealing in motorcycles increasing year by year.

MITO is working with 11 other co-ordinators around the country to implement Modern Apprenticeships in the motor industry. These include Northland Polytechnic, Regent Training Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology, Job Finders, Apprenticeship Works, Eastern Institute of Technology, Gisborne Development Inc, Universal College of Learning, Wellington Institute of Technology, Central Otago Training Services and Southern Group Training Trust.

More than 2,049 young people aged 16 to 21 are already participating in Modern Apprenticeships. The target is to have 3000 Modern Apprenticeships enrolled by July this year.


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