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Minister welcomes Qld promotion of careers in automotive industry.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

01504

Minister Welcomes Qld Promotion Of Careers In Automotive Industry

Employment Services Minister Mal Brough today congratulated the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) on its initiative in highlighting the varied career and training opportunities available within the automotive industry.

The MTAQ has produced a video, Top Gear Careers, and supporting material aimed at school students as part of a package of promotional material. The automotive careers package was launched at the Brisbane International Motor Show today.

The Queensland automotive industry is suffering a significant shortage of tradespeople in all regions of the State - demand for tradespeople is increasing in line with growing vehicle sales.

"The automotive industry offers an increasingly wide range of career opportunities for people wishing to take up apprenticeships or traineeships," Mr Brough said.

"Increasingly, the industry requires people with a high level of technical sophistication.

"Apprenticeships and traineeships offer many people an excellent starting point for their careers. I urge all young people to consider this option, as apprenticeships and traineeships in this industry can lead to very satisfying and rewarding jobs."

The MTAQ will be promoting careers in the industry through schools, through employer organisations and training organisations as well as establishing links with Job Network organisations.

Mr Brough thanked the Department of Education Science and Training for helping fund the initiative with a $50,000 grant.

MTA-Q’s Executive Director, Tony Selmes, said the Top Gear Careers campaign was an MTA-Q initiative to promote the automotive industry in Queensland in light of ongoing skills shortages, and to address outmoded thinking about the Industry by school-leavers.

The MTA-Q believes that government incentives and funded training for automotive qualifications, together with the sheer size of the automotive industry, provided the basis for wonderful career opportunities

The adoption of training packages for automotive training, the presence of private training organisations and the traditional TAFE providers, meant that training opportunities were more accessible than ever before.

"Businesses which fail to keep themselves and their employees abreast of rapidly-emerging new technologies must expect to fall behind their competitors," Mr. Selmes added.

The linking of a careers expo to a motor show is a first for Australia.

For further information contact:

Peter Gandolfi 0419 155 447