I have always had a passion for cars.Steven Eagles, Automotive Technician
As part of Te Aroha College's Gateway programme, Steven was placed at Piako Mitsubishi in Te Aroha. The opportunity allowed him to work once a week at the workshop for a year."
I have always had a passion for cars, so when the opportunity of work experience came up I was really happy to give it a go," says Steven.
Piako Mitsubishi's Service Manager, Jonathon Taaffe, says that he could tell straight away that Steven had potential. "Steven was great during his work experience opportunity with us. He was very keen and willing to learn.
"Steven's strong work ethic paid off, and at the start of this year Jonathon offered him an automotive engineering apprenticeship. Soon afterwards, Steven's MITO Industry Training Advisor encouraged him to apply for a MITO School Leavers' scholarship — and he won!
“The scholarship was the perfect opportunity to help get me started in the industry,” says Steven. “I was stoked when I won it—$1,000 makes a huge difference!”
The scholarship pays for Steven’s first year of fees towards the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Light Vehicle), which he is currently completing through MITO.
Steven is enjoying his training. “I like the more practical aspects of the industry. The coursework is interesting, and studying is a lot easier when the subject matter is appealing.”
Jonathon, who also completed his automotive qualifications through MITO, is seeing the benefits of what Steven is learning. “The theoretical part of his apprenticeship is giving him a great background into the industry—it means that when I show him something new he already knows the theory behind it.
“Steven fits into the team environment really well. He gets on with everybody, and has the natural ability to be a really good technician!”