Become a panelbeater or refinisher
Bored with your job? Passionate about cars? Well, there’s a shortage of good people in the panel and paint industry, and you could find it a lot easier to qualify than you think.
Anyone with the right skills for the job can be an automotive apprentice. There’s no limit, and all that’s needed is an employer willing to develop your enthusiasm and motivation.
Do you have:
The ability to understand and apply technical information.
An interest in the motor industry.
A commitment to an automotive career.
A positive attitude towards work and learning.
Good communication skills, with workmates and customers?
How long will it take?
Most apprenticeships take around three years, but can also be fasttracked or taken at your own pace to fit around work demands, it’s up to you.
How much will it cost?
With an apprenticeship, you earn while you learn, with outgoings deducted as your apprenticeship progresses – no student loans or huge debts. Either you or your employer pays an annual training fee.
How to get started
It’s a good idea to complete a preapprenticeship course first such as the “National Certificate for Entry to Automotive Trades” or “National Certificate for Entry to Motor Body Trades”.
These courses are run by MITO, which sets standards in the automotive industry, among others, and whose aim is to offer:
Arrange training of the highest standards, consistently across New Zealand, for anyone who wants to advance their career in these industries.
Provide apprentices with pathways to qualifications and ongoing learning, empowering them to play a full and rewarding role in our industries.
Attract high-quality people to our industries
Develop a productive workforce skilled to international standards.
There are three distrinct courses in the automotive body sector, namely Coach Building, Collission repair and Refinishing.
The courses are designed to lead to NZQA qualifications, and it can take up to three and a half years to complete.
More information: mito.org.nz or MTA.org.nz.