BASF, one of the world’s largest producer of chemicals, recently hosted 10 young people from Youth Employment Partnership at the their new Glasurit training centre at Wetherill Park, NSW.

The careers day was a chance for young people to get first-hand experience as a car paint technician, which included colour matching, paint mixing and spray painting panels. The day provided valuable insight into an industry and career path that many young people aren’t even aware of.

Ian Johnson, Technical Sales Support Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said that there was a significant skills shortage in the vehicle repair industry, particularly with paint technicians. He talked about the opportunities available for young people in the industry as well as potential jobs that an apprenticeship as a paint technician could lead to.

YEP Business Manager, Kate Wright, said that Careers Day’s like these were an invaluable way for young people to be exposed to different career opportunities.

“Many of the young people we work with are often unsure about which career they wish to pursue. There are so many different jobs out there and the employment landscape has changed considerably in the past few years.

“Giving young people opportunities like this to get hands on experience is vital. It gives them a chance to test out a job that could be suitable for them, before committing to a lengthy apprenticeship.“

All the participants had a great day and several are now looking at future apprenticeships in the field. The event was also covered by The National Collision Repairer magazine and will be featured in their upcoming April 2017 issue.

YEP would like to thank the team at BASF/Glasurit for hosting the day and being so generous with their time, particularly Technical Sales Support Manager Ian Johnson, Business Administrator Kirsten Dodd and trainers James Green, Michael Mudford and Steve Molnar.