The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the Australian Federal Government’s announcement of a boost to Australian apprenticeships positions.

The scheme, announced on 5th October, includes an investment of $1.2 billion to employ 100,000 new apprentices and trainees and is part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Tony Weber, the chief executive of the FCAI said the automotive industry, which employs over 65,000 people in Australia, supports the Government’s initiative.

“In the automotive industry, training is particularly important given the advent of highly sophisticated emerging technologies, such as the electrification of fleets and connected and autonomous vehicles.

“So, it is critical our technicians are highly qualified to ensure the safety of themselves and their customers.

“In addition, attracting, developing, mentoring, and retaining new talent through robust entry-level programs is a huge factor in ensuring industry and business thrives and prospers.

“Apprenticeships and training allowing specific learning outcomes is a key factor for the automotive industry’s commitment to Australia.

“Automotive networks include more than 4,000 dealerships in rural and urban regions right across Australia. These dealerships provide important developmental opportunities in a number of career paths for young people within their local communities.

“Automotive manufacturers themselves also provide further learning and training opportunities by providing trainee and intern positions within their Australian operations.

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic implications, the commitment of Federal Government funds to support an extra 100,000 apprenticeship positions is a welcome boost to industry,” Mr Weber said.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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