Ready to Rev Up Careers : First Nations Team Successfully Complete Automotive Certification.

Seven First Nations participants have successfully completed a rigorous 12-week Certificate II Automotive program delivered by ITEC Employment in partnership with TAFE Queensland.

Joe Lui, the Indigenous Mentor at ITEC Employment, played a pivotal role in supporting participants and providing crucial transport to and from training. “Watching the growth and determination of these participants has been extremely rewarding” expressed Joe.

Transportation assistance was a crucial factor in the participants success, removing barriers and ensuring attendance. “Providing transport not only ensured attendance but also provided further opportunity to get to know the participants and understand what other support they needed” shared Joe, emphasising the importance of building strong relationships and providing holistic support.

Participants were supplied with industry-standard personal protective equipment, including the synonymous mechanic long blues shirt, pants and work boots, ensuring they looked the part while learning their new skills. “Equipping participants with the necessary attire not only enhances safety but also instilled a sense of professionalism” remarked Joe.

During the program, participants gained valuable insights through workplace tours, including the Cairns Regional Council, where they met with the Director of Infrastructure and Assets, mechanics and apprentices in the fleet workshop. Local business owner Troy, from Torque Auto Repairs, highlighted the importance of a dynamic workplace and the value of a tidy shop in a busy small business.

At Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, participants learnt about the specialised training and equipment required for essential vehicles like fire trucks, broadening their understanding of the varied roles in the automotive industry.

TAFE Queensland Trainer, Shane, commended the participants for their dedication and highlighted the experiences gained through workplace tours and practical training. “The participants success is a testament to their hard work and the support they received. Exposure to real-world settings, coupled with mentorship, has prepared them for a fulfilling career in the automotive industry” remarked Shane.

The participants engaged in work readiness activities, updating their resumes and applying for jobs in the automotive industry. They successfully completed white card training and registered with Group Training Organisations, showcasing their determination to kickstart their careers in the automotive sector.

ITEC Employment’s Operations Manager, Libby Molloy, encourages prospective employers to connect and harness the potential of these skilled individuals. The completion of this program not only signifies personal achievement but also contributes to fostering diversity and inclusion in the automotive workforce.

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About ITEC Employment

ITEC Employment is proud to be part of ITEC Group. For over 30 years we have been providing a wide range of services relating to employment, education and training, health, disabilities, youth, families, mental health and more in remote First Nations communities. 

ITEC Employment have been delivering Workforce Australia employment services as a First Nations Specialist provider since the national roll out in July 2022. 

We design and deliver employment and training projects and programs supported by funding from both Federal and State Australian governments. 

Every day we’re focused on making a positive difference to the lives of the people who live in the communities we serve. 

We believe in delivering high quality services, aiding people in times of need and advocating for social inclusion and economic independence for First Nations peoples and communities. 

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