YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS
There are many ways to enter and progress through the automotive industry. The following illustrates employment opportunities within the industry and shows how students still at school can move toward obtaining a position in a desired occupation.
Schools offer students a number of opportunities to undertake exposure to the workforce, either through work-related programs in general education courses or in Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET).
VET programs allow schools to go beyond traditional work experience programs and provide structured workplace learning opportunities that:
- are based directly on industry skill needs;
- allow substantial amounts of real work; and
- result in an industry-recognised qualification or part of
Apprenticeships and Traineeships (School Based)
Students are able to commence a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship, involving a training contract and paid employment, while still at school. The student is regarded the same way as any other Trainee or Apprentice, but only gets paid for the time spent actually working (usually one or two days per week).
Students are encouraged to complete their Senior Certificate plus a nationally recognised qualification or statement of attainment. If the apprenticeship/ traineeship is not completed by the end of Year 12, the employer converts the arrangement to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship/traineeship to complete the training required.
- Do you have a passion for cars, trucks, tractors and enjoy all things automotive?
- Are you a practical person who enjoys working with your hands and machinery?
- Do you have good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail?
- Are you interested in advanced technology?
There are many opportunities for employment and advancement in the Automotive Service and Repair Industry. Starting as an Apprentice or Trainee in one of the many vehicle dealerships or repair shops, for example:
- Senior Technician responsible for diagnosis of faults and recommending appropriate repairs
- Service adviser liaising with customers, listening to their concerns and advising them about service requirements for their vehicle
- Service Manager controlling the operation of a service department
- Specialist in various fields of automotive repair including Automatic Transmission, Brake systems, Suspension repairs & LPG installation
- Branching out into associated areas and industries such as, spare parts, vehicle sales, mining industry etc.
- Become your own boss and open your own workshop
- Teaching with a Trade School or other organisations such as vehicle manufacturers