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Automotive apprentices to benefit from industry-led initiative

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The Australian car industry is leading a program to help provide automotive apprentices with the parts, components and vehicles they need to ensure they get the best training possible.

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has, with the support of a range of vehicle manufacturers, developed the Automotive Industry Donation Program. This program will support the training of automotive apprentices and school-based VET students. VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym said the program was a ‘great example of an industry-led initiative for a community outcome’.

‘Stakeholders have come together to address a pressing need and the spirit of cooperation has been outstanding. Our motivation is to ensure automotive training is of the highest order and that Australia’s vehicles are as safe as possible,’ Mr Gwilym said.

The program will allow those in training to have access to the latest models and components, something that has not always been possible, due to the high cost of these items.

The program will benefit those training not only in Victoria but across New South Wales and Tasmania as well. Organisations that train young people in the automotive trades will be invited to apply to take part in the program.

Source:email from MediaNet, 13 April 2015.