26 May 2017




The Motor Trade Association of South Australia was tonight joined by Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill, as it celebrated the graduation of 106 qualified apprentices from its Training and Employment Centre, including the MTA Automotive Apprentice of the Year.

MTA CEO Paul Unerkov said there has never been a more exciting time to enter the automotive industry, with rapid advances in technology such as driverless cars, electric vehicles, connected platforms and Artificial Intelligence being driven by the automotive industry in South Australia.

“Tonight’s graduating apprentices have taken the first step towards being a part of this exciting future,” Mr Unerkov said

“With skills shortages of qualified technicians in the industry, it is critical that the apprentices coming through our training and employment program develop the skills and mindset needed not just for a job but for a lifelong career that can lead them to one day owning their own business in the automotive retail, service and repair sectors.”

The quality of apprentices and training the MTA provides was recognised by the remarks of the Premier, who presented each of the MTA’s high achievers with awards.

“The 2017 MTA apprentices work in many different businesses and have a wide range of skills,” Mr Weatherill said.

“What they have in common, though, is pride in their work, a desire to learn and a determination to really build something.

“They’ve demonstrated resilience and resourcefulness in completing their apprenticeships.

“And it’s clear to me that the future of the State’s motor industry is in very good hands.”

The quality of the training and the dedication of the apprentices has helped make the MTA Training and Employment Centre the peak automotive training provider in South Australia.

“As both a GTO and RTO, we are the largest automotive apprentice employer in South Australia, with over 450 young South Australians employed by the MTA and hosted by industry,” Mr Unerkov said.

“This is an outstanding achievement and shows the value the automotive industry places on training by industry – for industry.” 

2017 MTA Apprentice Graduation Award Winners

Training Centre Award Winner (Judged by MTA Trainers)

Russell Noack, Booth Transport in Tanunda.

Bob Goldsworthy Award (Best 3rd or 4th year Body Repair and Auto Refinisher) 
Daniel Gray, Ron Gray Crash Repairs.

Runner up for the Most Outstanding 1st Year Apprentice
Jace Bayliss, Jarvis Toyota.

Most Outstanding 1st Year Apprentice
Aden Doherty, Manta Racing Services

Runner up for the Most Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice
Zacahry Havelberg, Island Radiators

Most Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice
Tyson Duffield, Willaston Auto Body

Runner up for the Most Outstanding 3rd Year Apprentice
James Di Martino, Pulse Automotive

Most Outstanding 3rd Year Apprentice
Adam Veitch, Jarvis Subaru Kensington.

Runner up for the Apprentice of the Year Award
Christopher Gove, A R Kent Garage

Apprentice of the Year Award
Mal Ryan, Errol Matchoss Motors.