Skills training shifts up a gear

Tuesday, 09 September 2008

Industry-driven training for the light automotive sector has been given a major boost, with the opening of Challenger TAFE’s Automotive Technology Skills Centre.

Based in Kwinana, the Centre will be at the forefront of skills training for the light automotive sector, but will also deliver programs from the College’s Peel Campus in Mandurah.

“The centre has capacity to train up to 350 students a year including apprentices, pre-apprentices, and secondary students doing vocational education and training programs,” said Automotive Program Manager, Geoff Brame.

“Students will train in cutting-edge facilities which are on a par with any large, modern automotive dealership.”

The Centre’s satellite facility at Challenger TAFE’s Peel Campus offers entry-level training pathways for careers in the Automotive Industry including VET for Schools, School Apprenticeship Link and Certificate I in Pre-Apprenticeship programs.

Mayor of the City of Mandurah, Paddi Creevey, attended the launch of the Centre and is enthusiastic about having Mandurah-based training that supports the “Learn Local” initiative.

“This is a terrific opportunity for young people in Mandurah to be trained in a top-class facility with quality staff,” she said.

“I encourage local families and students to check it out and so see for themselves just how impressive it is.”

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