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We compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you get a better idea about working in the automotive industry, the apprenticeship recruitment and employment processes and how AGT can help you find your dream job.
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What exactly is AGT?
AGT (Automotive Group Training) commenced business in February 1982 as a not-for-profit, private group training company focusing on jobs in the Automotive industry. We are not a traditional employment agency, however we help candidates find apprenticeships or traineeships best suited to them.
Will AGT be my employer?
AGT will be your employer throughout your apprenticeship, however you will have your on-site training with one of our host trainers (workshops) which will be located as close to your home as possible. Your assigned AGT area manager will stop by your workshop regularly to see how you go and you can always contact us if you have any questions or concerns during your apprenticeship.
What is a Group Training Organisation (GTO)?
A GTO is a business that employs apprentices/trainees, and then places them with one or more host trainers (workshops) to undergo their trade training.
What’s the benefit of doing an apprenticeship as opposed to going to uni?
Great question. There are certainly pro’s and con’s for both and it’s important that you choose the type of higher education that suits your skills, strengths and career plans the best.
The great thing about an apprenticeship is that the practical training in your workshop happens hand in hand with the academic education at the TAFE, which means that at the end of your apprenticeship you are fully educated in both the practical and theoretical side of your job of choice. Universities often lack the practical component and many graduates find it difficult to find work straight away without much practical experience.
Another advantage is that you’ll be paid for the work you’re doing from day 1. You’ve probably heard that apprentices aren’t paid a lot of money and that’s true, but don’t forget that you are likely to find a job easily once you graduated, and your pay will increase significantly once you finished your apprenticeship.
Can I only do the exact job that my apprenticeship trains me for?
Many graduates keep working in jobs that are very similar to their initial apprenticeship, but that is by no means a must. People often do an apprenticeship to build the foundation for their future career and to gain fundamental knowledge in a field that they are passionate about. At the end of the day it’s up to you what you want to do with this apprenticeship; you can always gain further qualifications to specialise in a certain field or try to get a job that is slightly different to your initial apprenticeship where you learn even more skills.
Typical career pathways could be a service manager, sales manager, business owner, dealer principle, teaching such as TAFE or transferring your mechanical skills into another mechanical field such as aviation (with further study).
How much will you charge me for doing all these things on my behalf?
All of our services are free to candidates and apprentices; there won’t be any charges at any point of your employment.
Does AGT only employ automotive mechanical apprentices?
At AGT we employ a wide range of apprentices in the automotive industry. To find out more about the different apprenticeships on offer, visit our job profile page.
If I attend TAFE one day a week, will I then be paid for four days only?
No, you will be paid for attending TAFE provided you present your attendance card signed by your TAFE teacher to your host employer immediately after having attended TAFE.
Do I have to remain with the superannuation company with whom AGT originally paid monies into on my behalf?
Not at all. Under the legislation, you are permitted to use your choice of super fund. You simply have to complete a "standard choice form" and submit it along with the details of your chosen fund to AGT. It is up to you to find the superannuation fund that you think works best for you.
How long is a standard apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship usually takes four years, but it is possible with good marks at TAFE and hard work in the workshop to achieve an early completion.
How long is a standard traineeship?
A traineeship takes 6 months – 2 years, based on the type of traineeship you’re doing.
Do I have to go to TAFE during my apprenticeship?
Yes, this is a crucial part of your apprenticeship. Depending on the training you undertake, you will have to attend for either one day per week or one whole week in every five weeks, for the first three years of your apprenticeship.
Where will I go to TAFE?
The course you are studying, and your home location, will determine which TAFE you attend. There are other RTO's (Registered Training Offices) that might be suitable for you which have their own specific training locations.
Does AGT pay for all TAFE expenses?
Upon receiving your results and confirmation of successful completion of each year at TAFE, AGT will reimburse an apprentice the TAFE enrolment fee.
What should I do if I am not happy in the company where AGT has placed me for my training?
Your first line of action would be to discuss the situation with the workshop manager or, if this is not possible due to breakdown in communications, contact your AGT area manager.