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Published on January 28th 2022 in

Introducing Betsy Borg – Future Leader of the Industry

This month we introduce Betsy Borg, Technical Support Technician at BASF in Wetherill Park, New South Wales, and currently undertaking a Diploma in Adult Education with a view to a career in Training.

Betsy was born and raised in the Campbelltown region of southwest Sydney and completed her schooling at Leumeah High School in Campbelltown, although she spent her formative years between Bowral and Revesby with her extended family.

I first met Betsy at a “meet Chip Foose” event at Gosford in 2017 when she was an adult apprentice for the Gemini Group in southwest Sydney. There, she learned her craft in a fast-paced body shop environment. She was using the BASF Glasurit brand and, in agreement with Campbelltown TAFE, she was able to complete the TAFE components of the apprenticeship at the BASF Refinish Competence Centre. To expand her experience, she moved to A-Car in Ingleburn where she completed the practical elements of her apprenticeship.

Carl Tinsley, Head Teacher at Campbelltown TAFE, said: “Betsy commenced her apprenticeship in 2016. She was an outstanding student during her apprentice training and has had to demonstrate considerable determination to be where she is today. She has won several accolades in her journey thus far, due in no small part to her passion, dedication and never giving up on her dream.”

“My dad, Steve Kemp, is a man of many talents. He’s a qualified mechanic, fitter and turner and panel beater, and so I grew up around cars. Dad would buy ‘repairable write offs’ and fix them up, so I got to see the practical side first-hand.”

Ironically, Steve tried to steer Betsy away from automotive as he saw it as a bit too “blokey”, but he underestimated her resilience and determination. However, Betsy was a huge fan of Chip Foose’s Overhaulin’ TV show and she always knew that refinish was the path that she would ultimately take.

Betsy’s project car is an HQ one-tonne ute, on which she was able to convince Foose to do a rendering back in 2017.

NCR Betsy Borg

She stayed in touch with the BASF technical team at Wetherill Park, so when an opportunity to join the business came her way in 2020, she jumped at it. “My current role is split between supporting our field technicians and our distributors with paint-related issues and working in the colour lab – working on new colours or problematic colours. It really is a great organisation to work in.” No doubt this experience will further develop Betsy’s skills and enhance her ability to develop her career.

Betsy’s direct supervisor at BASF, Sean O’Connor, added: “I first met Betsy in the early years of her apprenticeship and have watched her grow and develop over the years. Since joining BASF in 2020 she has become a highly valued member of our team and I’m confident that she will have a great future in the industry.”

Looking down the track, Betsy has an ambition to one day move into a training role, and to that end her immediate objective is to complete her diploma, which she can use to help others in the trade. “Training and teaching is my long term objective; however, in the short term it’s all about being the best technician I can be at BASF.”

Editor: IAG’s ongoing support and sponsorship of these awards is greatly appreciated. Having some early success and a passion to learn and grow illustrates why Betsy is indeed a worthy a Future Leader of the Industry.

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