Sean learns the trade at holiday Auto Camp

CARTER’S Ridge teen Sean Germain is considering a career in the car industry after taking part in a school holiday program run by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland.

The automotive industry is currently experiencing a technological revolution caused by the introduction of hybrid and electric vehicles and as a result, faces widespread skills shortages.

In response, MTA Queensland has developed the three day Auto Camp program which allows high school students the opportunity to experience what a career in the automotive industry can offer.

Fifteen-year-old Sean attended Auto Camp with an open mind after not knowing what career he wanted to pursue and said he really took a lot away from the course.

“I came to Auto Camp to learn about car maintenance and what goes on underneath a bonnet, so I have more knowledge for when I need it if my car ever breaks down,” he said.

“It’s been really great to learn more about cars and get to learn by doing things.

“I haven’t really thought about a career with cars, but the panel and paint session we did in the workshops was really cool.” Paul Kulpa, General Manager of Training, said the course aimed to give young people the chance to experience a potential career path, whilst doing something hands-on, educational and enjoyable.” The Auto Camp program covers an array of automotive skills ranging from the basic principles of a vehicles to new technology such as hybrid and electric vehicles and is a great experience for those that have an interest in electronics, engineering, design or manufacturing.

“The knowledge and skills gained from Auto Camp is something the students can use no matter what career they decide to pursue,” Mr Kulpa said.

“Cohorts are always very engaged with many participants showing genuine interest in pursuing a career in the automotive industry.” In total 13 students took part in the latest Auto Camp school holiday program with many showing strong interest in a possible future pathway.

“We’ve seen previous Auto Camp students going on to complete a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation and then successfully secure an apprenticeship, so we are really beginning to see a career pathway develop and it all starts with Auto Camp,” Mr Kulpa said.

8 Oct 2019 

Gympie Times | Sean leans the trade at holiday Auto Camp