Training centre for hybrid and heavy vehicles to open in Queensland

The Queensland government will fund the construction of a new training centre for  heavy vehicles and hybrid autonomous technologies.

The Automotive Centre of Excellence will be built with $2 million in funding. Construction will begin in November on the facility in Acacia Ridge, south of Brisbane.

At the announcement, Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman, highlighted the connections the facilities will make.

“This investment will see TAFE Queensland partnering with industry to focus their training on preparing Queenslanders for a greener, cleaner tomorrow,” said Fentiman.

The centre has space for more than 30 students to gain hands on knowledge of the automotive production process, with three heavy plant workshop bays, two vehicle testing spaces, and a test cell observation space. For more theoretical training, two classrooms and a virtual classroom are included in the site.

“The new facilities will provide world class training facilities for the hybrid and autonomous vehicle industry using new machinery which produces lower emissions,” said Fentiman.

The Queensland government has also equipped TAFE with a $650,000 Caravan Industry Training Facility.

“We need to plan for the future of Queensland and ensure we have the skilled workers now and for the emerging industries such as the caravan industry and hybrid vehicle training,” said Member for Toohey, Peter Russo.

Alongside the physical facility, the Queensland government is also supporting students to learn with free apprenticeships, as part of the Skills for Queensland plan, “Great Training for Quality Jobs”.

“Right now, businesses bear the cost for training an apprentice and we will be removing this expense for employers across 139 apprenticeships and traineeships, including qualifications in heavy vehicle and mobile plant technologies,” said Fentiman.