In partnership with Paddon Rallysport, we are giving our automotive apprentices the opportunity to join MITO Ambassadors Hayden Paddon and Emma Gilmour on their rally crew for the following events:

  • Otago Rally: 12-14 April (Applications now closed)
  • South Canterbury Rally: 10-11 May (Applications now closed)
  • Southland Rally (Invercargill): 21-22 June (Applications now closed)
  • Daybreaker Rally (Palmerston North): 13-14 September (Applications close 16 August)
  • Whangarei Rally: 8-10 November (Applications close 11 October)

You will spend your time with the whole team, to support Hayden and Emma with technical requirements and get to experience behind-the-scenes of professional motorsport. You will be expected to support the team where needed. This is an opportunity to be a part of a world-competing rally team so be prepared to work!

Flights and any other travel to and from the event, food and accommodation, will be covered by MITO and Paddon Rallysport.


  • Applicants must be current MITO apprentices and must have completed at least one year of their automotive apprenticeship
  • Applicants must have consent for participation from their employer
  • Successful applicants may need to be available from Friday-Sunday depending on which rally they attend
  • Successful applicants will need to consent to their image being used for promotional purposes on MITO and Paddon Rallysport's media channels.

Successful applicants will be contacted ahead of the rally to organise their itinerary.

Submit your application below, including a cover letter stating the reason why you should be selected. Good luck!

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I am a current MITO apprentice and have completed at least one year of my apprenticeship:
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2024 OTAGO Rally MITO apprentice bROOKE











Brooke was able to draw from her previous involvement in motorsport, including working as a mechanic at the Castrol Toyota Racing Series and volunteering her time on racing weekends, but explained that the team was helpful and supportive if she didn’t know how something worked.

"The team was so good to work for," she noted, highlighting the camaraderie and professionalism. “Everyone got on so well, I felt like I'd known them forever.”

Looking ahead, Brooke views her participation in the Otago Rally as a pivotal milestone in her career. "To have that as an experience will definitely give people a good idea of how I can work within teams.”

For MITO apprentices interested in applying for other rallies this year, Brooke says to just do it. “If you can take the opportunity, do it because it doesn’t matter if you're interested in motorsport or not, it's such a good experience and you'll learn so much. You won't forget it.”

Read Brooke's full story