The success of the Caterpillar Institute (Vic-Tas) in industry training has been formally recognised in the Institute winning Automotive Training Australia's premier award for 2006. The Institute operates as a joint venture between William Adams and Caterpillar.
Automotive Training Australia (ATA) works to initiate, stimulate, promote and support a framework for ideal practice national training of the Australian automotive industry workforce. Automotive Training Australia fulfills these aims by advising government on the training needs of the automotive industry nationally, developing nationally consistent training to meet those
needs, marketing the benefits of training across the industry and providing advice and assistance to business enterprises.
Each year, to acknowledge as an innovative and successful training initiatives of organisations in the industry, the ATA presents three awards:
Innovative Automotive Business Training Strategy - Large Business, Innovative Automotive Business Training Strategy - Small Business, and Innovative Automotive Training Product and/or Program.
The Caterpillar Institute (Vic-Tas) accepted the Large Business award at the ATA's annual awards dinner in Melbourne in December.
After the presentation, The Caterpillar Institute (Vic-Tas) commented that it was a worthy winner. A number of years ago William Adams and Caterpillar both identified a shortage in the skills of service technicians and the need for high quality technician training in the industry. And that is where the concept of the Caterpillar Institute came from. Caterpillar Institute has come a long way since then, and it think this award acknowledges that.
The award is public acknowledgement of the Institute's good work. However, the Institute has a number of key performance indicators it uses internally to put some numbers to the degree of its success.
Today 97% of trainees at the Institute complete their course. This compares favourably with an average figure of 65% for students undertaking similar courses through TAFE colleges. The Institute also monitors employers' satisfaction with the work of Institute apprentices and aims to have 80% of employers highly satisfied. At last count 93% of employers were highly satisfied. The figures speak for themselves.
In a recent initiative the Institute has been working with contractors on Melbourne's EastLink tollway project to train the contractors' machine operators. As a consequence, the Institute now has 230 EastLink operators enrolled in Certificate 3 in Civil Construction. Negotiations
are underway with other companies in the expectation of introducing similar arrangements on other projects.
Machine servicing and operation are just two of the training courses delivered through The Caterpillar Institute (Vic-Tas). The Institute also delivers national qualifications to Certificate 2, 3 and 4 Level across fields including management, manufacturing and warehousing and logistics.