Trade up

March 22, 2019

If you like cars and are interested in how engines work, why not “trade up” to a career as a mechanic or automotive technician. You’ll service, rebuild and repair vehicle engines, parts and systems.


Bradyn Taylor’s inspiration for a career in Automotive Engineering sparked from a family friend who remodelled and fixed cars, in particular a V8. Bradyn was impressed by the scope of projects his friend had built and thought to himself “that would be really cool to do”.


At Christchurch Boys’ High School, Career planning begins in year 10. This is when Bradyn really started thinking about his future and making plans to achieve his goals, enquiring about the different courses the school offered in year 11 to help him realise his dreams. In Year 11 Bradyn attended a number of STAR/Taster courses in Automotive Engineering. These courses further confirmed this was the career direction he wished to pursue.


By Year 12 Bradyn had heard about Gateway and was successful in gaining a place on the programme. Gateway involved Bradyn attending a work placement with Ilam Toyota one day per week to gain hands on practical experience in an actual automotive workshop. Bradyn really recommends Gateway, “it gives you a good insight into the requirements for your career choice and what everyday employment really involves”. Impressed by the professionalism of the Toyota Dealership, the welcoming staff and fun environment, Bradyn was very eager to gain an apprenticeship with them. Equally impressed were Ilam Toyota with Bradyn, his work ethic and attitude. Jason Gwatkin, Ilam Toyota’s Service Manager advised Bradyn to complete a pre trade course. Bradyn enrolled with the Southern Institute of Technology and completed a nine-month pre trade course whilst still attending work placement with Ilam Toyota once a week.


Upon hearing there was a vacancy in the Vehicle Grooming department, Bradyn took the initiative to approach Ilam Toyota and requested that he be considered for the role with the view this would lead into an automotive apprenticeship. Bradyn was offered the position.


Now on his way to becoming a qualified automotive mechanic, Bradyn encourages others to consider learning a trade.

“It can be hard to take that first step, but if you have even the slightest idea that you might enjoy being in a trade, I’d say  find out a bit more. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to find the right career pathway for you. Not all pathways require staying at school until the end of year 13”.