A career in automotive

If you like cars and are interested in how engines work, it doesn’t get better than a career as a mechanic or automotive technician. You’ll service and figure out what’s wrong with vehicles and dismantle, rebuild or repair their engines, parts and systems. You’ll also need to explain problems with people’s vehicles and how they should be fixed, so good communication and customer service skills will help you succeed.

“I’d always enjoyed rebuilding engines and building cars from scratch. I was brought up doing that with my parents, friends and other family members. But I was a bum, working in factory jobs and stuff. Then I wanted to change my life completely and go back to what I got brought up doing – fixing cars and stuff.” Samson Tuituu

How do I train?

Trades training is flexible. You can:

  • Do a pre-trades programme, then get a job and apprenticeship
  • Get an apprenticeship straight away and study while you work

Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This will give you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare you for work. If you qualify for one of our scholarships, you can study for free – and we’ll help you find work when you finish.

If you already have experience in the trades or are ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might look at going straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.