In NSW, the NSW Government has actively shown its commitment to increasing the number of women working in male-dominated trades in their Women in Trades initiative http://www.women.nsw.gov.au/women_and_work/women_in_trades

One area that has been suffering skills shortage for more than a decade is the automotive repairs maintenance segment within the automotive industry (22,000 positions unfilled nationally- ASA 2014 Environmental Scan http://www.autoskillsaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-automotive-escan.pdf).

The Automotive industry needs to solve this critical skills shortage, and believes that  women are well suited to the changing environment of this industry. Technology advances mean automotive workshops are no longer the domain of men the modern automotive workshops. The automotive workshops of today are technical in nature, not like the garages of yesterday. Currently in the automotive industry, women make up less than two percent of automotive of trade apprentices and trainees in NSW.  Despite a clear desire to actively include more females in automotive employer workplaces most women are still opting to pursue apprenticeships in other areas. For the last two years new cars sales in Australia were at record levels and along with Australia’s population growth this national car fleet continues to grow. The industry needs to attract highly skilled technicians to service this continued growth in the national fleet. Females who enter the automotive trade now will contribute significantly to the skills diversity and strength in the technology based consumer driven fleet of the future. The automotive industry through its Women in Automotive Trades initiative http://www.womeninautotrades.com.au/ is seeking to change this current imbalance. It has partnered with major automotive employers, MTA Plus, Cummins, Fiat Chrysler Group and as a training provider in this program, TAFE NSW.

The industry is offering a 3 week introduction to automotive apprenticeship specifically designed for female participants to get a feel for the automotive trade, its apprenticeship pathways and the future career potential of the industry. On the successful completion of this three week introductory course female participants will have the opportunity to seek an automotive apprenticeship placement in 2015 at one the participating automotive industry partner companies.

Are you a female student 17 years plus who is up for the challenge of changing an industry for the better whilst experiencing a dynamic career pathway that will open a world of opportunities? To register for this opportunity potential participants go to http://sydneytafe.edu.au/newsevents/news/women-auto-trades-pre-apprenticeship-course

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