Cummins partners with college to develop future generation of apprentices

Posted: June 5, 2014 in Cummins
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Cummins has partnered with a college in Melbourne as part of a program to develop the future generation of apprentices.

The new Trade Training Centre at Point Cook Senior Secondary College in Melbourne is equipped with diesel engines and other equipment donated by Cummins.

“Our aim is to influence the career pathways of students and recruit some of these students directly to Cummins’ apprentice program,” says Kate Evans, apprentice program manager at the Cummins Laverton branch in Melbourne.

Cummins South Pacific staff in front of the plaque recognising Cummins Australia pioneer Clarrie Malvern. From left: Neil Kinder (technician) Fallon Te Paa (intern), Leigh Travis (3rd year mechanical apprentice), Rachael Reinheimer (manager – marketing and events), Mick Cristaldi (branch manager – Laverton), Penelope Walter (director – workplace and community environment), Vicki Pafumi (corporate responsibility contractor), Matt Smakman (4th year mechanical apprentice), Kate Evans (apprentice program manager).

Cummins South Pacific staff in front of the plaque recognising Cummins Australia pioneer Clarrie Malvern. From left: Neil Kinder (technician) Fallon Te Paa (intern), Leigh Travis (3rd year mechanical apprentice), Rachael Reinheimer (manager – marketing and events), Mick Cristaldi (branch manager – Laverton), Penelope Walter (director – workplace and community environment), Vicki Pafumi (corporate responsibility contractor), Matt Smakman (4th year mechanical apprentice), Kate Evans (apprentice program manager).

Cummins employs over 200 apprentices in the South Pacific region and considers the new Trade Training Centre vital to encouraging apprentices to the industry.

The diesel engines donated by Cummins – one of which is a fully operational training module – are housed in the Trade Training Centre’s heavy diesel training room named after the late Clarrie Malvern, a Cummins pioneer in Australia.

Malvern’s career with Cummins spanned 1955-1984 during which time he established the foundations for Cummins’ outstanding service support network in Australia which remains the benchmark in the diesel engine industry today.

Cummins has partnered with Point Cook Senior Secondary College since 2012 as part of the Young Ambassadors for Industry program, brokered by Wynbay LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network).

Up to 10 apprentices from Cummins’ branch in Laverton (Melbourne) have been working as ‘Young Industry Ambassadors’, visiting the school and speaking to students and careers advisors about ‘life as an apprentice at Cummins’.

Cummins has also partnered with two other Melbourne schools as part of the program.

“Industry engagement with schools is vital to building a strong pipeline of skilled workers, with research showing that employers and schools must connect early and often to achieve the best outcomes,” says Kate Evans.

“The new Trade Training Centre at Point Cook provides the ideal opportunity for Cummins’ Young Ambassadors to connect with students in a training environment.”

She points out that students considering an automotive career pathway today are required to have math, IT, literacy and science skills to be able to conduct vehicle diagnostics and work effectively with such technology.

“Gone are the days when students who weren’t capable of achieving a pass at high school certificate level were directed to an apprenticeship at Year 10,” she says.

“At Cummins we would prefer our apprentice candidates to complete Year 11 as a minimum, and we will encourage this through our partnership with Point Cook college”

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