Explore a career in auto student-industry expos

High school students in Queensland will get the opportunity to get a taste of the many exciting and prosperous career opportunities available in the automotive industry in March, with the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) partnering with Capricorn Society – Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative – to host free student career exhibitions in Roma, Toowoomba and Cairns!

13 February 2024
Capricorn and MTA Queensland Logos

Aimed at bringing the automotive industry directly to students, three events will be held, in Roma at the Roma Explorers Inn on Tuesday, 5 March 2024, in Toowoomba at the Clifford Park Racecourse on Wednesday, 6 March 2024, and in Cairns at the Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns on Wednesday, 13 March, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm, with participation open to all high-school students from the region.

Showcasing the full range of roles on offer in today’s dynamic industry, students and their parents are invited to come along and meet local automotive businesses and suppliers, who will share information about what they do, their connections to the industry and community, the technologies they use, and the local opportunities and career options available.

Attendees will get the chance to immerse themselves in the industry for an afternoon by taking a tour of the tradeshow floor, speak with Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks and Registered Training Organisations about employment, apprenticeship and work placement opportunities available, and enjoy some food and drinks.

MTA Queensland CEO Rod Camm said, “The evolving landscape of today’s automotive industry has made it an incredibly appealing time to get involved and pursue a lucrative career, with so many new and exciting roles just waiting for young individuals to come through and take hold of.

“No matter your background or interests, there is a job for everyone – whether that is in heavy vehicle, agricultural machinery, body paint and panel, motorcycles, or light vehicles - and events like these student industry expos are an important outlet that allows students to discover their passions.”

Capricorn Group CEO David Fraser said, “Capricorn is thrilled to partner with MTA Queensland and open our trade shows early for local students “Events like these are so important as they give students the opportunity to not only see the types of jobs available but meet the people doing the roles they inspire to be in. This gives them real insight into what working in automotive is really like”.

RSVP for these events is essential. For more information, and to register, click HERE. 

Please contact media@capricorn.coop for more information.


The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is the peak body representing the interests of employers in the retail, repair, and service sectors of Queensland’s automotive industry. MTA Queensland has been performing its vital representative role for the automotive industry since 1929. In Queensland there are some 16,000 automotive businesses employing more than 90,000 people, that generate more than $7.24 billion to the state economy annually. The automotive industry is estimated to contribute $37 billion to the Australian economy each year. The Association represents and promotes issues of relevance to all levels of government. In 2019 MTA Queensland was announced as an ABA100 winner in The Australian Business Awards and a finalist in the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, for Business Innovation.

The MTA Institute (RTO 31529) is the leading automotive training provider in Queensland offering nationally recognised training, covering technical, retail and the aftermarket sectors of the automotive industry. The MTA Institute is the largest independent automotive training provider in Queensland, employing experienced trainers who are geographically dispersed from Cairns to the Gold Coast and Toowoomba to Emerald. In the last year, the MTA Institute delivered accredited courses to more than 2,000 students. The MTA Institute is the first trade RTO in Australia to be approved under the ITECA Industry Certification Program and was the winner of the Small Training Provider of the Year at the 2019 Queensland Training Awards.

MTAiQ, Australia’s first automotive innovation hub established by MTA Queensland in 2017, is an eco- system that supports innovation and research for the motor trades.

About Capricorn

Capricorn Society was established in 1974 by a small group of West Australian service station owners to increase their buying power and level the playing field. Now nearly 50 years later, Capricorn has over 26,000 Members across Australia and New Zealand including mechanical workshops, collision repairers and auto electricians who work with over 2,000 Preferred Suppliers to build stronger businesses. Proudly operating by cooperative principles, Capricorn Members also have access to risk protection, CAP ezi-finance and Capricorn Rewards. For more information, visit capricorn.coop