When Masterton local Brody McCosh finished Year 12 at Chanel College he already knew what it was he wanted to do.
Having already completed a STAR automotive programme while still at school, Brody enrolled in UCOL Wairarapa's Certificate in Automotive Engineering for the year 2014.
With some solid after school work experience under his belt, he knew he wanted to work with cars and thought he "might as well get into it."
Brody says he found it easy to learn during the one year full-time programme. "It was really good. My tutor was the best teacher I've ever had – really supportive throughout the course."
"There was lots of one-on-one time; you're doing full days of one subject."
During the programme Brody gained valuable work experience at a local automotive workshop, working on cars and generally helping out around the place.
It was through this experience that he developed relationships with visiting reps and landed himself a paid job at Repco.
"It's great because Repco is all about car parts, and I already know about them from the UCOL course."
Brody says he did know a few people on the programme when he started but has since made more friends. "We liked the same stuff!"
Brody is now considering what it is he will do next.
"I'd like to start an apprenticeship in automotive engineering."
Repco is the largest reseller and supplier in the automotive parts aftermarket in New Zealand and Australia. It has over 175,000 parts in its system, access to global brands, and over 4,000 staff across New Zealand and Australia.