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Girls in Automotive


The objective of the Girls in Auto event was to promote the auto industry as a viable career option for girls.

The automotive industry has a skills shortage world wide and is underrepresented by girls.

With the advancement of technology it means this industry is no longer the dirty heavy lifting job it once was.

 

This is the second year that we have partnered with Cummins South Pacific and Auto Skills Australia to present this event at the Point Cook TTC. It was held on 28 July 2015 for year 10 girls so they could make clear and informed decisions about their choice of VET Auto for year 11 and 12. 

This event was opened by Cr. Heather Marcus, on behalf of Wyndham City Council who talked about the importance of education, in particular opportunities for young female students to enter areas that are traditionally male dominated industries, with the following presentations and activities:

  • Peter Miller, Auto Skill Australia –Why the Automotive industry needs to attract more females
  • Mark Pellington, Cummins South Pacific –Introduction to Cummins and apprenticeships
  • Mel Lethbridge, 2014 Victorian Apprentice of the Year –  spoke about her experience as a Diesel apprentice
  • Team Building Activity – Build internal combustion engines.
  • Bus tour to Cummins Laverton North site
  • Industry tour of Cummins Laverton facility
  • Back to the TTC for the post event survey and raffle.

Outcomes

Twenty girls from various secondary colleges have attended these events;

Four girls have already completed work placements with Cummins over the year;

After this year’s event, seven girls were interested in undertaking an Automotive Apprenticeship;