New car to help Stawell students
Stawell Secondary College automotive students will get a head start in their industry training with a new car donated to the school by South West TAFE.
The new Kia car is one of four donated through the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce Automotive Industry Donation Program to South West TAFE, and will mean students get to learn on a current model vehicle.
One of the cars will be based at the Stawell college while the others will be at Warrnambool Campus of South West TAFE automotive department and Hamilton District Skills Centre for their VET in Schools programs.
South West TAFE chief executive Mark Fidge said the car donation was part of a commitment to ensuring appropriate training was being delivered with best-practice facilities and equipment to meet the needs of the region and industry partners.
Stawell Secondary College principal Nick Lynch said the partnership with South West TAFE was a great support for the school and would give students a genuine opportunity for authentic live work.
“It’s the first time we’ve had a car in mint condition with up-to-date technology for our students,” Mr Lynch said.
“The students will be very happy to know they have this opportunity.”
Stawell Secondary College has about 12 students in the VET automotive course.
South West TAFE senior educator – automotive, Ross Johnstone, said the new car meant students had access to the latest cutting-edge technology and equipment.
“It adds value for students and means they can train in a best practice environment,” he said.
The Stawell VET in School automotive program is overseen by South West TAFE as the registered training organisation.
Mr Johnstone said the local industry would benefit from having apprentices training on modern vehicles.
“It’s fantastic to have such great support from the VACC. They are very supportive of the passion we have to deliver future focused training to our community,” he said.
“By having the latest equipment and technology we’re able to deliver the best in quality training.”