Sponsorships support automotive and building industries

01 April 2011

State is helping a new round of promising apprentices and mid-level tradespeople on to the next stage of their careers with our industry sponsorship schemes.

Aimed at supporting ongoing quality in the industries that help us meet many of our customers’ claims, the three schemes offer development opportunities to outstanding mechanics, panelbeaters and builders at varying stages of their careers. In turn, these individuals will help the automotive and construction industries remain strong and sustainable.

The State Apprenticeship Scheme supports up to 30 apprentice panelbeaters, vehicle refinishers or carpenters to study for a three or four year national certificate. Candidates are also mentored by an experienced State claims specialist.

The State Management Scheme was launched in 2009. It provides opportunities for automotive personnel who are in supervisory roles or who intend to move into a supervisory role in the near future to achieve a one-year nationally recognised qualification in First Line Management.

The State Collision Repair Extension Programme is State’s newest scholarship scheme. It funds up to 30 learners in vehicle technology and repair procedures, enabling trained technicians to upskill in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Applications for these schemes are open to State’s Approved Repairer network, members of which have to meet strict criteria to become preferred suppliers. To continue this focus on quality, shortlisted candidates for the sponsorship schemes are interviewed and only those deemed suitable for the programmes are selected. This year’s successful candidates will be announced in June.