December 2023

Getting into the Industry

Keen to join the automotive industry? MTA members offer rewarding careers such as Automotive Technician (Mechanic), Auto Electrician, Collision Repair Technician and Refinisher (Panelbeater), Tyre Technician, Vehicle Salesperson and more.

Our industry buys, sells, fuels, fixes and inspects the country's vehicle fleet so there are roles for everyone.

There are excellent career opportunities across a broad range of sectors, with roles available from the workshop floor all the way up to the corporate office.

And the exciting thing is that the way vehicles are fuelled, driven and serviced is rapidly changing, which is creating new and rewarding career pathways.

If you're thinking about starting an automotive career, the Government's career website is a great place to start. It provides great information about the various roles that are available in our industry, as well as useful tips and resources to help you plan and land your dream job.

Get a trade

A large part of our industry is trades-based, so many of the roles our members offer begin with an apprenticeship or trainee programme.

Industry training organisations (ITOs) support apprentices or trainees who are learning a trade or skill on-the-job. They work with the learner, their employer and training providers to ensure they get the best possible opportunities to learn and advance their career, while developing a skilled industry workforce. 

MITO (Te Pūkenga) is the organisation for the automotive industry. Learn more about MITO and the automotive training programmes they support. MITO also offers a scholarship programme that provides funding towards training programmes and business management qualifications. Previous recipients have used their scholarships to help fund graduate business diplomas, advanced technical programmes and management courses.

Did you know?

The Government offers Apprenticeship Boost, a payment to help employers keep and take on new apprentices. It means apprentices can keep earning and training towards their qualifications as the economy recovers from the impacts of Covid-19. 

It is intended that the Apprenticeship Boost Extension will be maintained.


Find a job

MITO’s Job Hub is a great place to start looking for a job in the automotive industry. You can view current vacancies or create your jobseeker profile and be seen by employers.

As well as Job Hub, there are plenty of other online job listing sites, including: