Be­come a pan­el­beater or re­fin­isher

Motor Equipment News - - PANEL & PAINT -

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.

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