Tuesday, 26 August 2008 12:51
To help overcome some of these issues the RCTA in conjunction with Bicycle Training Australia (BTA) has created a series of training and professional development workshops to occur over the next twelve months.
A Bicycle Assembler course, to be run by BTA at the NMIT facility in Fairfield (Victoria) will help alleviate the shortages typically experienced by many shops as Christmas approaches. The course will both attract new people to the industry and provide nationally accredited training and skills that will ensure that the participants are ready for work. Modules covered in this course count towards Certificate II and III in Bicycles.
A recognition of prior learning (RPL) process will be run this year with a heavily subsidised fee, which will only apply for this year. This process validates what working mechanics are doing already and will culminate in the Certificate III in Bicycles, either Mechanics or Retail.
We are rejuvenating training for new starters in the bicycle industry; this will be apprenticeship training in Bicycle Mechanics like it used to be, with classroom theory sessions and hands on workshop experience, as well as contining experience through working in the shop. Incentives of up to $4,000.00 are available to the owners of the shops who employ an apprentice.
The first two offers are limited in number, because of the size of the training facility and the time left before Christmas, so call Greg Hallihan at Bicycle Training Australia on 0409 381 900 now.