MTA South Australia has celebrated the graduation of 96 automotive apprentices at its annual graduation ceremony.

Graydon Brand from St Peters crash repairs won the 2017 Bob Goldsworthy award, given each year in recognition of outstanding performance by a vehicle body repair apprentice.

MTA CEO Paul Unerkov congratulated the successful apprentices on their accomplishments and touted the opportunities in the automotive industry.

“This was a great moment for each graduating apprentice as they reflected on their four year journey with the MTA's automotive training and employment centre.

“Their hard work has paved the way for their success and they now have a chance to make the most of the opportunities their qualification has given them.

“An apprenticeship in the automotive industry can lead to many opportunities and with a skill shortage for qualified technicians, it is an exciting time to enter the automotive industry.

“The MTA is the largest GTO in the state and we are looking to grow the number of apprentices we train to help fill the skill shortage.”

The event was attended by South Australian minister for industry and skills David Pisoni and DJR Team Penske's managing director Ryan Story who spoke on the night to celebrate the achievements of the graduates.

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