Two Automotive Refinishing Technology apprentices shine after initial MTA training

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Two Automotive Refinishing Technology students who have just completed their seventh week are already shining in the workshop.

Alana Baker, who has been hosted to Claridge Crash and Katie Stewart, who has been hosted to JV Crash both knew that painting cars was the career they wanted to pursue in high school with Katie saying, “We both knew that an automotive career had to be on the agenda for us. My advice to any young person looking at a career in anything automotive related is to really get stuck into technology studies at school. Once you learn the basics of how tools work and workshop techniques, you will find a trade a lot easier to begin with.”

Alana speaks highly of the MTA’s initial training saying, “while I didn’t have many automotive refinishing skills upon commencement, the eight week program really helps you along and the MTA found hosts for both of us which was really good.”

So far, Alana and Katie have been learning the basics including, prepping panels, sanding and painting and impressed MTA Trainers Matt MacDonald and Rob Capelli on a recent van refinish. Alana has even re painted her beloved 1971 Mini and Katie says she has a huge interest in restoring older cars laughing, “they just looked cooler back in the day. I get passionate about old cars and I hope one day to be restoring them.”

If you know anyone who has recently finished or finishing high school and is looking for an apprenticeship and Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology (AUR32416), get them to email