Refinishing Apprentice Awarded 2023 Auto Women Scholarship

Laura Luckie, a fourth-year apprentice refinisher at Pat’s Pro Resto’s & Refinishing in Beaudesert, Queensland, has been awarded the Leading Edge scholarship as part of the 2023 Auto Women Scholarships programme.

Sponsored by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ), Spirit Super, and Women & Leadership Australia, the programme supports the career advancement of women working in the automotive industry through two fully funded, “high impact” training programmes.

According to the MTAQ, the Leading Edge scholarship, valued at $3,490, is designed to help women in early-career positions transition into confident, capable, and motivated leaders.

“After working many years in the automotive industry in an accounts / payroll position, Laura decided she was ready for a change,” said the MTAQ. “With a passion for cars and a desire to get hands-on, she signed up for her apprenticeship back in 2021 at Pat’s Pro Resto’s & Refinishing. Here, Laura gets to work on a variety of high-end vehicles, including hot rods, street machines, and classics. From full restorations to custom builds and everything in between, Laura loves being an automotive refinisher and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

“I like everything about the job,” said Luckie. “It is hard work, but the satisfaction of completing a build is so incredible, it makes it all worth it. Nowadays, you hear so many stories of strong, female leaders making a name for themselves – it is very inspiring. I want to be that for the next generation and believe the Leading Edge course will bring me one step closer to my goals. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.”

A second scholarship, Executive Ready, which is designed to stretch mid-level leaders by bolstering skills and mindsets, was awarded to Leah Davis, Financial Controller at car dealer Cricks Tweed.

The next scholarship round will open on 1 March 2024.