Vehicle donation accelerates automotive training

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Challenger TAFE’s recently-opened Automotive Technology Skills Centre in Kwinana has taken delivery of two state-of-the-art vehicles thanks to a generous donation from GM Holden.

A white SV6 Holden Commodore and a silver Pontiac G8 are now in residence at the Centre and will offer students the opportunity to gain more specialised technical training.

These vehicles complement the comprehensive equipment comprising some 400 manuals, 200 small parts, complete engines and powertrain components that have also been donated to the facility by GM Holden.

Challenger TAFE Managing Director, Liz Harris, explained that one of the vehicles will be customised for use in the Centre’s new DEGEM technology simulator, with the other vehicle used for demonstrations in the new simulated service centre located next to the reception area.

“This significant donation by GM Holden will be a huge benefit to our students, as it provides a direct injection of high-technology equipment into our training resources,” she explained.

The Pontiac G8 is built by Holden in Australia for the US market and showcases the very latest in automotive technology that is being introduced into the US and Australian markets.

The donation comes on the back of a licensing agreement between Challenger TAFE and GM Holden that will offer technology, training and equipment exchange between the organisations with mutual benefits.

Through this agreement, Challenger TAFE will be able to keep up with the latest automotive technology and GM Holden will be able to access the Centre’s premises for their in-house corporate and technical training.

“This initiative ensures that Challenger TAFE Automotive students are at the leading edge of a highly-competitive and technology-driven industry,” Ms Harris continued.

“To have Australia’s leading car manufacturer, GM Holden, supporting Western Australia’s most innovative automotive training provider is fantastic.”

Challenger TAFE is currently exploring training in new Hybrid technology.

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