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Forecasted growth in the Australian automotive industry over the next five years has prompted TAFE NSW to launch a new program encouraging local female high school students to get a taste of what an automotive career is like.
Ten high schools across the Macarthur region are participating in the Girls Can Too program, which is part of the Youth Engagement Strategy at TAFE NSW Campbelltown. They will gain hands-on skills in automotive repair, paint and panel beating. Students will also hear from former female TAFE NSW students who have gone on to pursue a career in a trade.
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School student, Belinda Calderon, said the Girls Can Too program helped boost her confidence.
“It’s been great to meet so many other female students who share the same interest as me,” Belinda said.
“The program has allowed me to be out and doing something different, something I thought I’d never have the opportunity to do.”
Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian automotive industry is forecast to grow over the next five years, employing over 287,000 people by 2025.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher in Paint and Panel, Terry Teremoana, said the program was designed to empower young women to explore a career in trades.
“TAFE NSW has seen some great female alumni forge successful careers as mechanics, construction workers and panel beaters and this program is very much about opening up opportunities for female high school students to explore trades courses,” Mr Teremoana said.
“We are proud to equip students with practical skills and experience so they’re ready to hit the ground running in their chosen field.”
To explore the automotive courses on offer in Semester 1, 2020, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media Contact: Jessica Cortis, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner, 0456 170 211.