Axalta has continued its support of Training Services NSW and Verto, an Apprenticeship Network Provider, in delivering various programmes that introduce female school students in New South Wales to a diverse array of trades.
In late October, Verto hosted a hands-on Try-A-Trade Event at Muirfield High School in North Rocks, Sydney. The school requested the event to help female students to pursue careers in traditionally male-dominated trades. Five organisations participated – each representing different trades – with Axalta providing valuable insights into the collision repair industry. This included the TradieBot virtual reality spray-painting simulator that allowed girls to virtually paint a mudguard, starting with primer and progressing to basecoat and clear coat.
“The girls enthusiastically engaged with the industry-related discussions and enquired about available career opportunities,” said Axalta.
Additionally, the company supported Training Services NSW and Verto’s recent EmpowerHER Trade Days at various schools in south-west Sydney, including Moorebank High School, Broughton Anglican College, and Bass Hill High. Following a similar format, the programme provides female students with hands-on experiences to kindle their interest in pursuing a trade career. Throughout the day, high school girls, in collaboration with the Axalta team, honed their skills in virtual spray painting and took spectrophotometer readings, among other refinish-related activities.
“Axalta remains committed to supporting Training Services NSW and Verto in delivering future programmes that expose school students to the world of collision repair, while reshaping perceptions about the industry,” said Axalta.