NRMA apprentices group

 

Take a good look at this photograph. It’s a picture of the first-year mechanical apprentices entering the NRMA’s car servicing centre apprenticeship program this year, and of the 14, five are women. There’s a fifteenth apprentice that couldn’t make it for the picture so she’s not here, making six women. This is the highest number of female apprentices the NRMA has recorded. Last year there was one, there were two in 2015.

There’s no better demonstration of how, in an industry that has always been blokey, women are at last finding a place.

Twenty-one-year-old Belinda Tatjana Ciric, who is joining staff at the Rouse Hill Car Servicing Centre, made the career shift to apprentice mechanic from being a domestic flight attendant. She grew up loving cars and was always interested in how they worked.

“After working in a different industry I realised that being a mechanic was what I really wanted to do,” she said. “I love the problem-solving element of the job and the NRMA really is a great place to learn and work. Some people ask me if I’m okay with getting my fingernails dirty, I tell them I love it.”

NRMA executive general manager of motoring, Samantha Taranto, said the NRMA developed the apprenticeship program with TAFE.

“I’m especially encouraged by the young women who have joined our team – this year we’ve got six female first-year apprentices who are showing exceptionally promising skills as outstanding mechanics,” she said.

The NRMA is a regarded as a plum job among automotive mechanics and vacancies always generate tough competition.

Published May 2017

 

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