MTAQ’s Inaugural Auto Women Connect Event

MTA Queensland has kick-started the Auto Women Initiative with over 50 women (and male leaders) forms across the automotive industry coming together to celebrate and support one another at the first Auto Women Connect event.

Held via Team on Wednesday 9 February, the event provided an outlet for women to connect, network and seek advice from industry leaders as they navigate the barriers that still exist for females in the trades.

From apprentices, mechanics and workshop managers to business owners, trainers and executives, the virtual meet-up brought together a vast pool of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Joining the event as a special guest speaker was Radmila Desic, a strong supporter of women in the trades and a recently appointed Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service in advancing women in the construction industry.

Radmila spoke about ‘How to Deal with Disrespect when Working in a Man’s World’ and offered invaluable advice for those facing diversity issues in the workplace.

Following Radmila’s talk, attention turned to the Auto Women Mentor team for an interactive ‘ask for advice’ session where attendees could raise any issues – from a small personal problem to a ‘big picture’ ongoing issue – for the group to address.

Participants asked various questions on breaking down barriers, building resilience and changing workplace culture. The Auto Women Mentor Team, consisting of nine female leaders, were eager to help – sharing their learnings and providing feedback on how to handle or overcome these challenges.

They also spoke about the current opportunities available to women in the industry and how to make the most of them. …

Read the full article on pages 14 and 15 in March 2022’s issue of the Motor Trader magazine below.

Then jump to page 24 to read more about our planned expansion for the Hybrid Vehicle Repair Centre.

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