Bayer Smash Repair Takes Advantage of Free Apprenticeships

Bayer Smash Repair Team

On July 1 the Queensland Government announced the ‘Free Apprenticeships for under 21s’ initiative. A scheme that covers the cost of training for Queensland apprentices or trainees who commenced or are undertaking one of the 139 high priority qualifications from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023.

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is thrilled to see 22 automotive qualifications included in the initiative.

Dr Brett Dale, Group Chief Executive said, “This initiative could make a tangible impact on the future of the industry and the number of young adults entering the motor trades. I encourage members that have the workload to consider this opportunity.”

Randy Bayer, MTA Queensland member and owner of Bayer Smash Repairs in Loganholme, has done just that. Soon after the scheme was announced, Bayer jumped at the fantastic opportunity and hired a 16-year-old first year apprentice.

“I’ve been involved in the automotive industry for 41 years and a member of MTA Queensland for most of that time. My experience means that I know the value of having an apprentice and the benefit that youth and enthusiasm they can bring to a business.

“Finding young people to take up an apprenticeship is not easy at all but with initiatives like this, it  means that businesses have the financial assistance to take on employees, which in turn will assist with securing the future of the industry by ensuring that in 10 or 20 years’ time we have qualified, skilled tradespeople. It also sets a pathway for a career for a young person that may not have eventuated otherwise.”

Automotive qualifications included in the ‘Free Apprenticeships for under 21s’ initiative are:

  • Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Drivetrain Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Engine Reconditioning – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations – Bus, Truck and Trailer – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Sales (Parts Interpreting) – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Automotive Underbody Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Bicycle Workshop Operations – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Elevating Work Platform Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Forklift Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology – Apprenticeship
  • Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology – Apprenticeship

Read more about the government initiative here.