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Auckland teach­ers are ap­plaud­ing a new au­to­mo­tive academy offering school leavers the chance to de­velop a can-do at­ti­tude, as well as a job to all those who grad­u­ate from its course. The Auto Su­per Shoppe Au­to­mo­tive Academy aligns its teach­ings to the MITO ap­pren­tice­ship cur­ricu­lum, with the ad­di­tion of ex­tra com­pe­ten­cies that work­shop own­ers have stated they want ap­pren­tices to have. The first course started in July, offering a par­tial schol­ar­ship worth $3K to stu­dents who took up one of the 15 place­ments. The course has a strong fo­cus on punc­tu­al­ity, ac­count­abil­ity, and will­ing­ness to work — soft skills that em­ploy­ers are look­ing for on top of work­shop com­pe­tency. If stu­dents make the grade, they will be of­fered a job within the Auto Su­per Shoppes net­work, which in­cludes in­dus­try giants such as BNT, Repco, and Cen­tury Bat­ter­ies. Gen­eral man­ager Kel­lie Tre­mayne and head tu­tor Rob Humphreys have re­ceived a warm wel­come from ed­u­ca­tors los­ing faith in gov­ern­ment-funded tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes for au­to­mo­tive cour­ses. This loss of faith is echoed in in­dus­try claims of ap­pren­tices with poor at­ti­tudes and lit­tle or no ca­pac­ity to roll their sleeves up. Mrs Tre­mayne, a past dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee mem­ber on the Whanga­paraoa Col­lege Board of Trustees, says it is vi­tal that teach­ers know there is now a high-qual­ity ca­reer path­way avail­able for stu­dents who are pas­sion­ate about cars. “If they work hard, they have a very good chance of pass­ing and get­ting the job of­fer that so many grad­u­ates crave,” she said. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on­line at the au­to­su­per­ website.

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