Revving up interest in a career

When it comes to getting a few hundred school kids excited it usually takes a new cell phone or some other smart technology.  But South Canterbury MTA members pulled in the crowds when they hosted a careers day early September to encourage youngsters into the motoring industry.

There was keen interest among the mix of teenagers of both sexes from several Timaru schools who worked their way round the cars, engines, motorbikes, a truck and associated technology at Roncalli College.

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Along the way they talked to staff from MITO and the local polytech, as well as MTA members on hand to answer the student’s questions on their work and training opportunities.

MTA Acting General Manager Member Services Ruth Cook was also there, to support the locals and test out MTA’s new video, banners and printed material promoting careers within the industry.

“During the day we must have had over 300 young people come through. MITO staff told us they had expressions of interest from around 20 teens who were keen to get a foothold in the industry. Generally, there was a real sense of interest and engagement and the event certainly succeeded in promoting the industry to teenagers. We had terrific feedback from everyone involved and the event could be a blueprint for others hosted by MTA and MITO around the country.”

MTA member John Austin of Austin Auto Electrical, was pleased to be able to help out and get a chance to talk to the youngsters.  “I really don’t think that schools and teachers promote the trades, particularly the automotive trades, to their students.  It’s good to see MTA and others holding this type of event to spark some interest in automotive jobs.”

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