Meet the inaugural Melbourne group from IAG’s Autobody Academy Program at Kangan Institute of TAFE. This is a tailored learning environment where next generation repairers are exposed to practical learning by some of the most experienced trainers in the industry as they work towards their Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair.
Jordan Anthony of Altona is looking for a long-term career. Previously, he had various construction jobs which didn’t tick the boxes for him. He has an interest in cars and art, and is a self-confessed hands-on learner who is looking for a team working environment. Jordan believes he has found all these things through the Autobody Academy and is excited to be included in the journey.
Courtney Storey of Geelong grew up in Bendigo and found there were limited employment opportunities once she left school. Courtney applied for the Autobody Academy because she has a passion for cars and has excelled during the stripping and fitting sessions and is excited to learn even more about panel beating.
Dylan Byrtcz of St Albans left school early to support his young family and, as a single father, he found whatever work he could, forgoing the opportunity to chase his passion – cars. Working on cars is in his blood, with family members already working in the industry. He is grateful to be in the Autobody Academy and gives 100 percent each day.
Madison Goodwin of Sunbury joins the Autobody Academy having already experienced life as a Repairhub employee in West Melbourne where she has worked for more than eight weeks. Madi has a passion for cars, particularly spray painting. Her smile is infectious, she helps to motivate the team and is looking forward to a career in the industry she loves.
Mitchell Prentice of Kyneton has previously worked in the retail sector, as well as at a fabrication shop specialising in trailers. Mitch has some painting experience but limited formal training and is looking to add to his existing skills and build a career within Repairhub.
Byron Hughes of St Kilda has been interested in cars since he purchased his father’s Kingswood when he was 17. Throughout his career he has gained valuable skills and knowledge in various trades and is thrilled to join a trade that aligns with his interests and is excited to be part of the Autobody Academy.
The academy is a career pathway to further training which, on completion of the Certificate II, provides the opportunity to undertake further studies and continue employment at one of IAG’s Repairhub sites.
It was a great thrill to meet this passionate group of young technicians and to see their commitment to maximising the opportunity afforded them by this excellent initiative from IAG in partnership with Kangan Institute.