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Harley-Davidson Australia Creates a New Breed of Motorcycle Technician

First apprenticeship training programme launched
Harley-Davidson Australia has launched its first training programme for all Harley-Davidson apprentices in Australia in partnership with North Coast Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

The unique programme will cover all the specialised training necessary to develop the skills to meet both specific Harley-Davidson requirements and national accredited motorcycle training to become a qualified motorcycle tradesperson.

First-year apprentice training will be conducted over a period of six intensive weeks per year at Harley-Davidson Australia headquarters in Sydney, which offers first class facilities including all of the latest equipment as well as early exposure to the company’s premium products and culture.

Apprentices and dealers will also benefit from the accelerated learning offered by the programme, thanks to an agreement between TAFE and Harley-Davidson Australia to implement a Recognition of Prior Learning strategy. This programme recognises prior completion of any relevant national units of competence. By the end of their apprenticeship, participants will have a nationally accredited qualification and gained a significant portion of the skills and knowledge required to be a Harley-Davidson Master Technician.

Derek Stringfellow, Sales & Market Development Director for Harley-Davidson Australia said, “This training programme will create a new breed of technician and offer real advantages to apprentices and dealers alike. The Harley-Davidson Training Centre allows focussed training in a premium learning environment. We expect this will lead to technicians better able to work on today’s sophisticated machines which means faster turn around and improved customer service”.

The training is available to existing Harley-Davidson dealership employees in New South Wales and Queensland. Government funding incentives are available for eligible apprentices and employers.

Successful apprentices will gain AUR30405 Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Motorcycle) and acquire specific skills to meet Harley-Davidson University qualifications.

To find out more about employment opportunities visit your local dealership. Applications for 2012 are being taken now.

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May 10, 2012