New Gladstone venture to teach mechanical skills

A NEW venture of the Motor Trade Association will allow Gladstone automotive lovers to study their passion.

The Auto Initiative program aims to provide participants with the skills required to work in the industry.

At the end of the three week course students will walk away with a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

The two bird one stone course will also equip students with the life skills needed to succeed in a working environment such as goal setting, communication skills and interviewing techniques.

And the best part? Residents aged 15 and over and not enrolled at school can attend for free.

MTA's Stephen Marks will be doing the training in Gladstone, and said the teachings will be crucial to those wanting a career in the area.

"Together with the opportunity of work experience, the Auto Initiation program provides participants a true grounding in the industry," he said.

"The program is also held in a supportive and encouraging environment."

The training will include:

Applying safe work practices

Use and maintenance of workplace tools and equipment

Automotive mechanical system fundamentals

Automotive electrical system fundamentals

Remove and tag engine system components

Remove and tag steering, suspension and brake system components

The course will be held from June 27 to August 12 at the GAGAL building on 26 Beckinsale St. For more information or enrolments contact

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