TAFE NSW accelerates Volvo apprentices

Mitchell Evans (front) and Jordan Stansfield (left) are apprentices at Volvo Parramatta. Credit: Lyndal Lyons (SMH)

3 October 2020

TAFE NSW has partnered with MSX International as the national training provider for Volvo apprentices.  Through the partnership, Volvo apprentices will study a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology in the state-of-the-art automotive training facilities at TAFE NSW Campbelltown and receive hands-on experience with Volvo’s advanced automotive software technology.

The NSW Premier said the agreement with MSX International is an example of how TAFE NSW is partnering with industries to bolster the practical skills of employees and maximise business potential.

“This is a significant step towards strengthening Australia’s automotive industry and building a pipeline of mechanics with specialised skills and knowledge to meet the needs of global companies like Volvo,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“An important aspect of the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan is to reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities.”

Minister for Skills, Geoff Lee, said the NSW Government was thrilled a global name such as Volvo has partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver state of the art training for apprentices. 

“TAFE NSW’s reputation as a training provider enables partnerships such as this to be developed for the benefit of apprentices and industry. Partnerships create a unique opportunity to work together at the cutting edge of training,” Mr Lee said. 

Volvo Managing Director Nick Connor said the training partnership is an integral part of the company’s future. 

“Volvo is proud to provide our apprentices with access to leading industry training that will meet the skills needs of the automotive jobs of the future. Having Volvo apprentices trained on Volvo products, by highly-skilled TAFE NSW teachers, also ensures that the needs of our customers are always at the forefront of our business,” Mr Connor said. 

MSX International Training Academy Manager Ian Roberts said: “The partnership between MSX and TAFE NSW has already seen more than 36 apprentices excel through this customised training program.” 

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