RAS promoted the automotive industry to the next generation recently

Repco Authorised Service (RAS) recently participated in the Adelaide Careers and Employment Expo, the largest event of its kind held in South Australia with more than 8,000 students in attendance.
Competition was intense amongst the more than 200 industry associations and organisations exhibiting at the event, and the Repco Pitstop challenge proved to be a centrepiece attraction in the Automotive Precinct, helping to highlight our industry as a great place to forge a career.
The Pitstop Challenge is an exciting hands-on interactive activation that features at key rounds of the Repco Supercars Championship.
The display generated exceptional interest and helped open valuable conversations with potential apprentices, parents, and teachers.
Repco Authorised Service National Manager, Peter Rogers, emphasised the importance of the activity, and called for more to be done.
“It’s no secret there’s a critical skills shortage across our sector, and we see our involvement in this type of event as an important part of supporting our membership and the wider automotive industry,” Peter said.
“We are very keen to work with industry partners and associations to do more in this space.”

Outside of the Repco Pitstop Challenge, Repco Authorised Service – which states it is Australia’s largest network of independent mechanical workshops – was showcased at two information booths manned by volunteers from RAS workshops, including both male and female current RAS apprentices, providing students with the opportunity to engage directly in authentic conversations with their potential future peers.
RAS also supported and featured in the ‘Road to Auto’ competition which attracted participation from 67 schools.
Nathan Coffey, the owner of The Engine Bay and member of the RAS National Council, was delighted by the success of the event and stressed the importance of grass roots action to address the skills shortage.
“As workshop owners, we need to take responsibility for our future and do what we can to promote Automotive as a great career choice,” Nathan said.
“The quality of students that we spoke to gives me great hope that our future is bright if we can attract this talent to our industry.”
RAS Business Development Specialist for SA/NT, Phil Barker, also expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative.
“I was really impressed by the genuine interest shown by the students, and particularly pleased that our industry seems to be becoming more appealing to female students that are seeking career options,” Phil said.
Buoyed by the success of the expo and alongside their ongoing workforce development projects, the RAS team are already looking at future opportunities to promote Repco Authorised Service as an employer of choice and automotive as a great career path.

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