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06 Sep MINISTER SALUTES SKILLSTECH DRAG CAR

ACM Parts drag car project collaboration with TAFE Queensland SkillsTech students has caught the attention of the Palaszczuk Government as National Skills Week kicked into gear last week.

ACM Parts and SkillsTech welcomed Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath to the Acacia Ridge campus on Tuesday to inspect project progress and meet some of the Race Ya Mate student crew.

The student drag car project – a staple of the ACM Parts-SkillsTech partnership that launched earlier this year – has aimed to transform an ordinary vehicle into a showstopping drag racing machine.

ACM Parts General Manager, Sales Ross Nicastri said he wasn’t surprised word had spread about the trailblazing collaboration, which has focused on helping students build and hone skills in automotive repair.

“Improving access to and quality of automotive education is at the heart of our partnership with SkillsTech,” Mr Nicastri said.

“This process of transforming the ACM Parts-donated car into a drag racer has inspired students to take charge of their own learning and allowed them to put their hard-won skills into practice.

“We are proud to have developed such a strong partnership with SkillsTech and we can’t wait to see where the students take this incredible learning opportunity.”

Minister D’Ath, who visited together with Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch and Member for Stretton Duncan Pegg, said National Skills Week focuses on the Vocational Education and Training sector and the countless career opportunities available

“TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is one of the premier trade training facilities in Queensland and I am so pleased I’ve been able to witness their great work first hand during this important week,” Mrs D’Ath said in a statement.

 

National Skills Week was on from 28 August to 3 September. The drag car will be completed later this year.