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Admin professional finds new career in automotive electrical industry through TAFE course

The former administration professional is now looking forward to an apprenticeship in the automotive electrical sector courtesy of TAFE Queensland

A former Brisbane based administration professional is currently kickstarting her new career in the automotive electrical industry through a TAFE Queensland pre-apprenticeship course.

Bella Hiscock is currently completing a Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology at TAFE Queensland’s Alexandra Campus to enter the industry.

The course runs three days per week over 10 weeks, giving participants the fundamental skills needed to hit the ground running in an apprenticeship.

“I’m looking to gain an apprenticeship after this course, looking for this qualification to be a stepping stone into an apprenticeship, particularly because my previous career was not to do with cars or a trade at all,” Hiscock says.

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“I love cars and I love technology. I’ve built my own PCs and I’ve spent many, many hours in my life working on cars, fixing things, looking at little bits and pieces – so I genuinely want to work on cars and I think auto-electrical is a good mix of my passions and strengths.”

Automotive electricians have been listed as part of the skill shortage across all Australian states and territories according to the national Skills Priority List published by Jobs and Skills Australia.

The latest data says there are almost 3,500 apprentices in-training as automotive electricians across the country, with Queensland hosting the largest cohort of any region according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

More than ever, employers are wanting apprentices to hit the ground running, which Hiscock is finding throughout her recent search for an apprenticeship.

“I’ve spent some time applying for apprenticeships and I haven’t had much luck, so I signed up for this course to help me get an apprenticeship. I’ve found that I am learning a lot and I think this will definitely help me into the future,” Hiscock says.

“We’re knocking the theory-heavy subjects out of the way first so that we can go into the workshop and do our practical training in bigger sections, which just makes sense for this 10-week course.”

While Hiscock has some experience in selected skills in the industry, she’s now looking to use the course to feel confident entering an apprenticeship.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back my skills in soldering through this course. I did a computer technology course a long time ago and I enjoyed soldering circuits and working with circuit boards, so I’m excited to get back into that skill,” she says.

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