Students got revved up at Murrumbidgee Regional High School when they took a whirlwind tour of the Lanhams Motor Group dealership.
The visit was part of Regional Development Australia's Grow Our Own program, which aims to inspire students into local STEM related career paths.
During the tour students got hands on experience by learning how to change a tyre and check the water and oil.
Wade Site career advisor Carol-Anne Sutton said the students were keen to explore the opportunities in the automotive industry.
"A couple of students from the Wade site were very inspired and would like to follow up with some work experience," Mrs Sutton said.
"The students were all engaged and thought the tour was informative and that they'd learnt something new. I think the practical element was an excellent inclusion. These real life scenarios will be invaluable come the time they actually need to purchase their first car."
Grow our Own industry liaison officer Cassandra Cadorin said the tour was a good chance for students to get an idea of how STEM skills are used in a real-world setting.
"Industry tours such as these really highlight the local opportunities available for students and how STEM subjects fit into real workplaces," Mrs Cadorin said.
Lanhams Motor Group managing director Stuart Lanham said he was keen to promote the industry tour to potential students to shine a light on the automotive sector, which has a skills shortage gap.
"At Lanhams, we're interested in the long term sustainability of local jobs and recruiting local people," he said.
"At the end of the tour, we were pleased to see a young female student very keen and interested in starting a mechanic apprenticeship with us."
During the tour the Lanhams team explained the different career pathways available in the dealership, how technology plays a huge part in servicing cars, and what to look out for when buying a car.
Mr Lanham said he was keen to make this an annual event for schools.
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