Bathurst's Caitlin Reeves has received an elite scholarship to help support her apprenticeship over the next three years.
Ms Reeves, who is a second-year spray painter apprentice at Blatch Quality Smash Repairs, is one of 90 NSW recipients of the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship for 2019.
The scholarship will see Ms Reeves receive $5000 annually for the next three years, and she said it will provide a big career boost.
"It'll help me get to TAFE and pay for essentials such as accommodation, petrol and tools," she said.
"The apprenticeship has taught me a lot."
Blatch Quality Smash Repairs co-owner Allison Blatch said Ms Reeves has brought a lot to the business as a female in a male-dominated environment.
"Caitlin is a committed worker with a great eye for detail, and we're glad we've been able to help launch her career," Ms Blatch said.
State member for Bathurst Paul Toole, who presented the scholarship certificate alongside skills and tertiary education minister Geoff Lee, said the choice of Ms Reeves as a recipient reflects a drive to reduce gender disparity in the automotive industry.
"We want more females in the automotive industry and Caitlin is someone who's going to play a vital role in the future," Mr Toole said.