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Anyone with the right skills for the job can be an automotive apprentice. There's no limit and all that’s needed is an employer willing to develop your enthusiasm and motivation.

Do you have:

  • the ability to understand and apply technical information
  • an interest in the motor industry
  • a commitment to an automotive career
  • a positive attitude towards work and learning
  • good communication skills, with work mates and customers?
  • How long will it take?
  • Most apprenticeships take around three years, but can also be fast-tracked or taken at your own pace to fit around work demands, it’s up to you.

How much will it cost? With an apprenticeship, you earn while you learn, with outgoings deducted as your apprenticeship progresses – no student loans or huge debts. Either you or your employer pays an annual training fee.

How to get started It's a good idea to complete a pre-apprenticeship course first such as the 'National Certificate for Entry to Automotive Trades' or 'National Certificate for Entry to Motor Body Trades'.

If you're a school leaver, you'ls need to find an employer before you can become an apprentice. Some of New Zealand’s leading employers in the automotive industry are looking for apprentices now.

For more information on getting started, see the MITO New Zealand website.

Where will a career in the automotive industry lead? Once completed, a nationally recognised qualification will establish a career in the automotive industry that can lead you in all sorts of directions. There are opportunities in sales, marketing, parts and accessories, administration, management, and eventually even ownership.

Or move into a different field altogether – take engineering, servicing, collision repair or sales skills into industries such as general engineering, aircraft, marine or electronics.

Travel the world, work for the world’s major manufacturers, work on development projects or join the race circuit.

The possibilities are endless - the opportunities are great!

Contact To find out more about getting started in the automotive industry, or to find an apprentice, visit the MITO New Zealand website or phone them on 0800 882121.