Interested in Providing International Students with Placement & Employment Pathways?


In April 2023, MTA Institute is commencing its first intake of international students in:

  • Certificate III Light Vehicle and Mechanical Technology (AUR30620 | CRICOS:103636G); and
  • Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis (AUR40216 | CRICOS:091674D).

Each group of international students will be studying at the MTA Institute for a 100-week duration, during which time they will receive contemporary training at MTA Institute’s Centre of Excellence.

A critical component of the program is for students to undertake work placements within the automotive industry. This is to help them gain hands-on experience in real-world situations and prepare them for potential employment opportunities.

As the industry continues to suffer from a chronic skills shortage, work placements present a fantastic opportunity to fill your company’s labour challenges through paid employment, while supporting the skill development of international students.

Benefits of International Students

International students can bring significant benefits to businesses. They are motivated and willing workers who have chosen to come to Australia to study and gain employment in the automotive sector.

International students’ capabilities will grow as they progress through their studies, gain invaluable experience through work placements and most importantly secure paid employment. MTA Institute will assist in preparing these students to enter the automotive workforce; to be productive, safe, and aware of their surroundings.

How to get invovled

Express your interest in providing international students with placement/employment pathways by filling out the form below!

Please note: MTA Institute’s first intake of international students will commence in April 2023.

From here, your enquiry will be followed up.

A site checklist will be completed to ensure work-related tasks are identified and supervisory capacity is in place to support international students learning on the job.

You will be connected with international students who are available for placement and an agreement signed.

Additional support can be provided to transition international students into paid employment.

Expression of Interest - Placement for International Students

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How do international students differ from apprentices?

International students learn through an institutional pathway as opposed to apprentices who learn mainly on the job supported by blended modes of theory. This is why it is critical for international students to gain industry exposure through work placements.

Do international students become a tradesperson at the end of their training.

No. International students will receive a Certificate as an outcome on completion of their training. They are not trade qualified.

International students will require further time in paid employment before applying for trade recognition that needs to be validated by industry. For international students, this is a longer process towards trade status than an apprenticeship.

What type of work can an international student do during placement?

International students and employers need to be realistic about what can be achieved during placement days. Dependent on where the international student is within their studies will determine the level of skills and confidence they will have. Supervision and training is the key to bringing the best out of the placement opportunity. The placement is a ‘try before you buy’ concept with a win-win outcome for all involved.

Can I employ international students?

Yes. International students seek employment. MTA Institute is not a party to any employment arrangement so it is a matter between you and the international student to negotiate. MTA International provides students with soft skills training to prepare and promote themselves to employers to gain placement and employment. Paid employment supplements students living costs and allows them to hone their new skills and knowledge in a workplace environment.

How many paid hours paid can an international student work?

International students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. At the moment there is a relaxation on this until April 2022. During term breaks international students can work up to 40 hours per week. International students first priority is to have 80% attendance and progression in their studies. If international students do not maintain this level of activity, they are jeopardising their visa requirements which will eventuate in them returning to their home country.

What are the rates of pay for international students?

Rates of pay for non-trade, trade and Certificate IV graduates are outlined in the ‘Vehicle Repair Services and Retail Award 2020’.

Consideration should be given to casual and full-time rates including penalties and allowances.

Can students remain employed by me after they have completed their training?

Yes. There are a range of graduate work visas and skilled migration visas that can apply. MTA Institute can provide you with some contact details of migration agents who are approved to provide this advice.

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