Dubbo smash repairers Jay Smith and John Lummis both agree that skilled tradespeople are hard to find and that’s why they give their apprentices the best opportunity to learn and get qualified- just like they did.
After completing a Certificate III in Autobody Repair (Jay) and a Certificate III in Vehicle Painting (John) at TAFE NSW Dubbo, Jay and John combined their passions for repairing cars to become business partners of Mid City Smash Repairs in Dubbo.
“John and I both had ambitions to own our own business and with two complimentary trades it made sense. We’ve now been business partners for almost seven years,” Jay Smith said.
“I loved going to TAFE NSW because I got to learn other skills and get exposure to different aspects of the trade that you don’t always get in the workshop. It was great to network with other apprentices in the region and talk about workshop experiences.”
Mr Lummis said he found repairing damaged cars extremely rewarding.
“Having a car come into the workshop all smashed up and watching it leave in as good as new condition with very happy owners is the best feeling,” he said.
“We feel very strongly about sending our apprentices to TAFE NSW as part of their apprenticeship training knowing they will learn a broad range of practical skills that will benefit our business and set them up for the rest of their careers.
“Our business is currently seeking a first year apprentice, if anyone is passionate about becoming an auto body repairer or vehicle painter get in contact with Mid City Smash Repairs.”
Enrolments are now open for a number of exciting semester two courses at TAFE NSW. To find out how TAFE NSW can help people to become in demand and highly skilled, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.