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Experience for peace
At Balclutha Mitsubishi we have six full time
technicians with many years experience and a
combined total of over 150 years.
Do the job once and do the job right.
As well as working on Mitsubishi's, we
also work on many different makes
and models and are able to source
parts for these vehicles.
With the purchase of a new Scan Tool we are
able to make quick diagnostics on faults in
engines, airbags and anti-lock braking
systems in most makes and models.
We can also program keys in a number of
With new technology there becomes a need
for modern equipment to cut diagnostic
time and to save customers money.
Do the job once and do the job right.
Why apprentices are great for Clutha
Apprenticeships are a vital but often underused tool.
While many people consider apprenticeships to be
primarily useful for those embarking on a new career, the
advantages for businesses are sometimes overlooked.
In reality, businesses stand to benefit enormously from
apprenticeship schemes. This form of training allows companies
to build a skilled, sustainable workforce at relatively little cost --
and expand their business at the same time.
Apprentices help Clutha build a skilled workforce:
Apprenticeship schemes encourage employers to fill skills gaps
in their workforce. As an apprenticeship is a form of on-the-job
training, apprentices are expected to learn the skills they need
to operate within our local industries. As a high proportion of
apprentices remain with their original employer, this type of
training allows Clutha to build a workforce with the specific
skills for local business needs.
Apprentices provide a positive return on investment:
Many employers are put off running apprenticeship schemes
because of the perceived cost. While it is true that
apprenticeships can involve some initial and ongoing outlay
(not least because apprentices have to be paid), there is
overwhelming evidence to suggest that apprenticeships
provide a positive return on investment in the vast majority of
Apprentices are highly motivated workers:
Apprentices tend to be more highly motivated than
conventional employees, providing you use a robust
recruitment and selection process to ensure the best candidate,
and can therefore encourage increased productivity within your
workforce. They have chosen to enter an apprenticeship in an
industry in which they are interested, and
many intend to remain in that industry.
Indeed, many remain with the same business
for much of their career, gradually climbing
through the organisation.
Apprentices are a sustainable way of
building Clutha businesses:
Apprenticeships provide employers with a
sustainable way of building their workforce --
and therefore of expanding their business.
Many growing businesses are discouraged
from taking on employees because of the
high costs of recruitment, and the
potentially high level of employee turnover.
Apprentices, though, often constitute a
more sustainable, long-term workforce.
Apprentices have significant support available:
Businesses interested in starting or expanding an
apprenticeship scheme can benefit from significant support
from an organisations like 4Trades Apprenticeships, and local
training providers like the Otago Polytechnic, as well as Industry
Training Organisations like Competenz, BCITO and MITO.
4Trades Apprenticeships: The mentored approach
Our young people do not necessarily always lack support: what
they can often lack is continuity of support that ensures they
reach their full potential. A 'mentored' approach is one of the
most effective tools and is where 4Trades Apprenticeships can
make an important and substantial contribution. Depending on
the young person's starting point and circumstances, this is
likely to move the young person through selection of a trade
and into a managed path of vocational learning.
The role of mentors / support workers is pivotal to the success
of apprenticeships and the growth of that pathway as an option
for young people. That's where local businesses in the Clutha
District can play such an important role.
4Trades Apprenticeships supports young people to engage or
re-engage with learning and mainstreams training into
employment. They support the young person through the
apprenticeship helping them deal with any issues that arise
which could potentially make the individual drop out.
A lack of work experience is the single biggest barrier to 'real'
work facing young people. 4Trades Apprenticeships and the
Otago Chamber of Commerce are working to encourage
employers to participate in work experience through their
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