Investing in the future automotive workforce has always been part of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region’s ethos and vision. Strong relationships with major automotive players are producing outstanding apprenticeship opportunities on the Gold Coast.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region is currently training more than 50 apprentices for Frizelle’s Sunshine Automotive Group, one of the top three nominees in the Large Employer of the Year Category for the 2018 Queensland Training Awards (South East Region).

“The breadth of our training expertise is reflected in the diversity of our partnerships with leading companies across a range of industries, including the expanding automotive industry due to the growth and development of the Gold Coast,” says Karen Dickinson, General Manager of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region.

“The automotive industry offers the opportunity to get involved in a broad-based skills area driven by new technologies. Automotive employment opportunities are emerging in specialised diagnostic, servicing, repair and maintenance roles,” she said.

One trainee who thinks apprenticeships are a way of the future is Bardi Browne. Mr Browne completed a Certificate II in Automotive Underbody Technology (AUR21216) at the Frizelle’s Sunshine Automotive, Group Apprentice Training Centre in Arundel.

“The best thing about completing my certificate was learning about the different aspects of how a car operates. Each day was a new learning opportunity,” said Mr Browne.

“Frizelle’s Sunshine Automotive Group helped me gain excellent skills in various roles while completing my traineeship. I’ve learned so much about tyres as well as other components relating to the underbody of a car, such as the brake system, exhaust and wheel alignment. I was fortunate to move up quickly in the organisation.”

“I would highly recommend the course to any person who has an interest and love of cars. Studying to be an automotive underbody technician has given me a greater understanding of how things work together underneath the car. You don’t realise how much there is to learn in this field,” he said.

Bardi also credits his TAFE Queensland teacher, Mr Fausto Felice from the automotive team at the Ashmore campus, for his success in completing the course.

“I only had to email them and they got back to me straight away with the information I needed. The support from TAFE Queensland has been so helpful in my career and completing the course,” commented Mr Browne.

Brendan Dennett, Service Staff Development Manager for Frizelle’s Sunshine Automotive Group said “apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way for businesses to train and develop current and future workforces, helping to provide the master technicians of the future.”

“For the apprentice or trainee it’s the best way to gain practical skills whilst working towards getting a trade qualification,” he said.


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