The first group of SuniTAFE heavy automotive apprentices have commenced their training block at the Mildura Campus's remodelled workshop space this week.
To build on the current centre of excellence in heavy automotive training at the Swan Hill Campus, delivery has been expanded to allow Mildura students to train locally.
"SuniTAFE instigated a series of heavy automotive industry forums bringing stakeholders together to contribute valuable thoughts and feedback in planning for the new facility." said Geoff Dea, SuniTAFE Chief Executive Officer.
"Student numbers are currently at 45 and growing," said Peter McLean, SuniTAFE teacher for heavy automotive.
"Local businesses have expressed their gratitude for the ability to offer their apprentices a local option for training in road transport, agriculture and heavy automotive, saving them time and money."
Mildura Truck Centre delivered a new Isuzu truck on Monday for the apprentices to work on. "We are appreciative of all the businesses that have made contributions. This allows apprentices to learn with the latest technologies" said Mr McLean.
Heavy automotive services are crucial to our region's economic future and are vital to SuniTAFE's priority areas - transport/logistics and horticulture/agriculture.