Auto Skills Australia (ASA) is the body responsible for the development of nationally endorsed automotive qualifications in Australia. ASA’s qualifications development range covers automotive manufacturing and the retail service and repair sectors which collectively have over 30,000 people enrolled in vocational qualifications at any one time.
We asked Geoff Gwilym, CEO of ASA, why he deems it important to support WorldSkills Australia, “Apprenticeships make up the largest part of training in the industry and this training model has been the backbone for skills acquisition in the industry for over 100 years. In Australia the industry needs 10,000 new apprentices to begin training every year and the annual growth in the Australian vehicle fleet means this number will grow even further in future years. The technical requirements for personnel in the mechanical and body trades in the industry is constantly changing and this means the identification of highly motivated people to join the industry is more imperative than ever.
Supporting WorldSkills Australia gives the automotive industry an opportunity to profile its best talent and to highlight how highly technical skills are applied in the workplace today. The importance of these national and international competitions cannot be understated given the global nature of the industry and the fact that many Australian automotive apprentices end up working in a multitude of countries across the world. Being involved in the WorldSkills competition allows all students an opportunity to test their skills against those of their peers with an opportunity to add a great new chapter to their CV. Engagement in the competition is just the beginning of a new journey.”