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Wainuiomata mother of four Kelly Ayres is one of 32 people around the country to be awarded an MTA centenary scholarship.

Mother of four wins MTA Scholarship

Wainuiomata mother of four Kelly Ayres is one of 32 people around the country to be awarded an MTA centenary scholarship.

MTA Scholarships

The scholarships mark 100 years of good service and a fair deal to the public and fit well with this week’s promotion of Got a Trade Got it Made – encouraging people to take up apprenticeships.

Kelly walked into Phil Wyburn’s Wainuiomata workshop over a year ago and asked to do some work experience while she was studying a pre-trade automotive course at Weltec. Phil put her to the test.

“On her first day she put in 11 hours and we pulled a gear box out. When we were putting it back together she handed me all the parts back in reverse order. That showed she worked hard, was paying attention and had the ability to learn,” said Phil. Kelly did the rest of her work experience at Phil’s Wainuiomata workshop (Gavin Shute Auto) and he’s now taken her on as an apprentice.

Until now, most of Kelly’s jobs have been part time, to fit with her family, but she’s always loved tinkering with her cars. When the bar she was working in went belly up last year, she began thinking about training to become a mechanic.

“I went to Weltec, got accepted into the pre-trade automotive engineering course and it’s all been awesome. I’ve found my calling and Phil is a really great teacher.”

The 32 scholarships have been awarded to a mix of apprentice motorbike and general mechanics, collision repairers and auto electricians. The scholarships cover the study fees and a subsidy to employers to recognise their costs in training an apprentice.

For more information contact Ruth Cook, General Manager Member Services, MTA 027 2973993

This week it’s Got A Trade? Got It Made! Week (21 to 27 August 2017) when young trainees and apprentices share their success stories.