Fourteen automotive students are getting a taste of life in the fast lane as they join Supercar pit crews at this year’s Bathurst 1000.
Member for Bathurst and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said students from TAFE NSW Bathurst, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga are spending race week learning the ropes, including wheel and tyre changes, diagnosis and repairs, and specialist workshop maintenance.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for students to not only get a close look at the Supercar legends in action, but to learn new skills, motorsports operations and the automotive trades with the pinnacle of the Australian motorsports industry,” Mr Toole said.
“The practical experience at the iconic event allows students to train under real-world conditions on some of Australia’s fastest cars in the nation’s most famous race.
“Students will also provide a workshop service to assist competitors, including Triple Eight Racing, Tickford Racing, Grove Racing, and Matt Stone Racing and their vehicles at the TAFE NSW Repair Centre at Mount Panorama.”
Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the partnership between TAFE NSW and Bathurst 1000 is preparing students for sought-after for jobs in the industry, which will help grow the economy and secure a brighter future for NSW.
“There has never been a better time to study at TAFE. The unique experience of working in the pits at the Bathurst 1000 means automotive students are getting the real-world, industry-specific skills they need to make a roaring start to their careers,” Mr Henskens said.
“The NSW Government is delivering more opportunities than ever before to help people get the skills they need for the jobs they want, and this partnership is another great example of that.
“We’ve seen the success of this industry partnership for many years, with students starting their career in motorsport by leveraging their training and the skills learned under real pressure at the event.”
For more information on courses available at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au.