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The Nissan Mentored Apprenticeship Program known as NISSMAP has been named a finalist in the 2016 Australian Training Awards  -Australian Apprenticeships Employer Award Category. The program was created by WPC Group and the Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) and offers Nissan dealers in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia a turnkey solution to addressing their labor pipeline needs - whilst giving young people interested in automotive careers access to a dynamic 21st century career.  The program immerses apprentices in Nissan vehicles, technologies, diagnostic tooling processes from day one. Each apprentice is matched with a dedicated one-on-one mentor from WPC Group. The mentors all have deep industry experience and counselling skills, and add to the enhance the experience of the program. The NISSMAP program offers participants an accelerated apprenticeship qualification that is delivered in state-of-the-art training facilities around the country, in conjunction with the Nissan Learning Academy and TAFE. The partnership works closely with The Skilling Australia Foundation, who offer job readiness and pre employment training before the apprentices commence. The program has had over 140 participants and an 86% apprenticeship retention rate, that is significantly higher than the 49% industry average. If you would like to join the program or further details contact your local WPC Group office.

A BIG thank you to the Department of Education and the Education Services for Public Schools branch for inviting our NSW team to be part of the "Unlocking the Potential" Conference. The conference is being delivered to our school Educators and is about the importance of preparing for transitioning out of school and long-term career management.

Check out NSW State Manager Mark as part of the employer panel providing excellent insight on what employers look for in their perspective employees.

The employer panel all agreed that communication skills, passion, presentation and motivation is what employers are looking for in prospective trainees and apprentices.

"Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see from you. It identifies your accomplishments and skills, explains your employment history, knowledge and successes. Your resume is what makes you stand out from the crowd and differentiate you from your competition. Remember, You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

It was great to see so many career advisors and transition officers at the conference with fantastic questions.

Build #Skills on the Job #Leadernewspapers

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 09:46 Published in Latest WPC Group News

13th September 2016  |  The Leader  |  

Jobseekers should not rule out work or business opportunities that are unusual, Cheryl Balfour reports

An employment expert says a creative approach to job seeking is a key to alleviating youth unemployment in Melbourne. Andrew Sezonov, general manager of not-for-profit employment and training organisation WPC Group, said jobseekers should be more open-minded when selecting jobs because each experience helped build a transferable skill set.

"Transferable skills are base foundation requirements for any jobseeker in today's job market," Mr Sezonov said. "Some of these (transferable skills) include communication, leadership and organisational skills." Mr Sezonov said Melbourne entrepreneurs had achieved success by researching market gaps and finding niche markets for their products and services.

Want to see the team in action – upcoming races include the #Sandown500 #Bathurst1000 # GoldCoast600 #Sydney500 #PhillipIslandSuperSprint Mark D’Aversa from WPC’s Group recently caught up with Todd Kelly at the teams workshop. Todd  is one of the most successful V8 supercars drivers in the championship, with 19 race wins, 28 podiums and a Bathurst 1000 victory under his belt.  Check out Todd and team mates Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso and Dale Wood at Nissan Motorsport http://www.nissanmotorsport.com.au/team or call WPC recruitment to find out about opportunities in Nissan Australia and WPC’s innovate ‘Nissmap’ Mentored Apprenticeship Program call 1300 656 461.  Although not everyone interested in automotive careers will become a V8 supercar racing driver, a plethora of other opportunities abound not only in motorsport, but across Australia’s dynamic and growing automotive sector. Jobs including Heavy Vehicle Technician, Auto Electrical and Parts Integrity. Many people mistakenly think of skilled jobs as low-paying jobs with no opportunities for advancement. This couldn’t be further from the case. The reality is that today there is a huge variety of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a traditional university education. You’d be hard-pressed to name three jobs that seem to have as little in common as an electrician, a chef, and a race car driver. But even though the work couldn’t be more different, these jobs share one important trait; they all require practical skills that can be gained through hands-on experience in the real working world, not just books, theory or classroom study.

Skilling the Bay Workforce Training Strategy

Friday, 09 September 2016 09:04 Published in Latest WPC Group News


The Geelong, Victoria region of Australia is a major industrial manufacturing hub, currently undergoing a structural economic and workforce transition, forced by the concurrent closures of major regional employers.In 2013, soon after Alcoa announced its local metals plant would close with the loss of 800 jobs in 2014, the region was again hit with the news that all of Australia's remaining automotive manufacturers (Ford, General Motors-Holden and Toyota) would close in Victoria by Q4/2016, affecting 8,000 workers at the OEMs and 15,000-20,000 workers in firms in the supply chain. In Geelong, Ford’s assembly plant closure will cause over 500 direct job losses, with significant secondary impacts on supply chain companies.Fearing the potential long-term social and economic damage these closures would cause,local stakeholders have been working to develop a range of economic adjustment programmes, identify next-generation opportunities, and keep Geelong’s manufacturing infrastructure and ecosystem from atrophying. Read Full Extract

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