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High school students from across Brisbane will get the chance to explore the many exciting career opportunities available in the automotive industry at a free careers exhibition at the RNA Showgrounds on May 22.

The initiative is organised by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) in partnership with Capricorn Society and is aimed at connecting young automotive enthusiasts with local employers looking to identify their next star apprentice or employee.

With the automotive industry undergoing seismic change at the hands of technological advancement in vehicle electrification, automation, and artificial intelligence, the role of the mechanic has changed forever, said organisers.

Attendees will get the chance to immerse themselves in the industry for an afternoon to learn about the technologies leading this change and meet with a comprehensive assortment of local employers and suppliers who will share information about what they do and their connections to industry, and discuss work and career opportunities available to young people in their business.

Representatives from Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks and the MTA Institute (RTO. 31529), TAFE Queensland, and other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) will also be in attendance to answer any questions about the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and getting started.

The Brisbane Auto Careers Expo is the latest in a series of successful events connecting job seekers and employers across Queensland.

Recent editions in Cairns, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, and Roma have seen more than 200 students and guardians explore an auto career, with a number of participants already taking the next step and commencing work experience as a result of connections made at the events.

“The evolving landscape of today’s automotive industry has made it an incredibly appealing sector to get involved and pursue a career in, with so many new and exciting roles opening up, just waiting for the next generation to come in and take charge of,”MTA Queensland CEO Rod Camm said,

“Whether you have an interest in cars, machines, problem-solving, technology, or pulling things apart and putting them back together, there is a pathway for everyone in today’s industry.

“Opportunities in light vehicle, heavy vehicle, electric vehicles, paint and panel repairs, motorcycles, and parts interpreting, are abundant, and it is critical that students get the chance to immerse themselves in these sectors and explore the full range of roles available in this exciting, technologically savvy industry.”

Capricorn QLD member director Mark Rowe said that the expo is a great initiative to get the automotive industry in front of future technicians.

“As a Capricorn member and auto-electrician, I am acutely aware of the challenges the skills shortage brings to the industry. Events like these expose the next generation to the diversity of roles available in the automotive industry and show them what their future could look like,” Rowe said.

“Personally, as a workshop owner, I love having the opportunity to meet the future generation and share my passion for an automotive career.”

The Brisbane Automotive Careers Expo starts at 4pm and is open to all local high school students and job seekers, parents and guardians, and automotive employers. To get your free ticket and reserve a spot, click here. RSVP is essential.

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