The Mazda Australia success story continues with growing sales and a strong line-up of quality models.
But the Japanese car company is also doing some really good work behind the scenes.
Mazda operates a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) at its headquarters in Melbourne, where apprentices and trainees are taught the finer details of car repairs and maintenance.
The aim is for the young people to come away with nationally accredited qualifications.
Karen Andrews, Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, toured the purpose-built facility today and congratulated Mazda for its efforts to train the next-generation of vehicle technicians.
“I am focused on ensuring industry plays a role in providing Australians with the skills employers are looking for and the work being done by Mazda is helping to achieve that.
“My priority is increasing the number of apprenticeship commencements and completions and as an RTO Mazda is playing an important role.”
While Martin Benders, the Mazda Australia boss, says he hopes to see the program expand across all states in coming years.
“With the local industry experiencing significant change, it is fantastic to see such strong uptake for this training.
“Our Dealer network finds this invaluable in training apprentices, but also for the up-skilling of already experienced staff as more aim to become Mazda Master Technicians.
“We were delighted to discuss our automotive vocational education, employment and skills involvement with the Minister today.”