Centralian Motors' Tony Connole and CDU's Diana Jarvis
Centralian Motors, in association with Ford Australia, has again demonstrated its ongoing support of Charles Darwin University (CDU) with the donation of its new flagship vehicle to the School of Trades at the Alice Springs Campus.
The gift of a current model Ford BF Fairmont Ghia will be used in all facets of training apprentices in the light automotive discipline.
The vehicle will allow trainees practical experience in working on the latest automotive technology. From the mechanical systems such as steering, suspension and brakes, state of the art intelligent safety systems (ISS) to advanced air-conditioning and the latest electronically controlled 6 speed ZF automatic transmissions.
The Alice Springs Campus’ automotive workshop accepted the vehicle from Tony Connole from Centralian Motors on Thursday 27 July, where Tony was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the University in recognition of his support.
“We are delighted to support CDU by providing the latest models for training purposes because it means that our clients will benefit from having highly qualified mechanics working on their vehicles who have been trained up on all the latest technology,” Mr Connole said.
“Our support for the training of local apprentices goes back 20 years in Alice Springs and we see it as a win-win situation for the community as well as our customers,” Mr Connole said.
CDU lecturer of automotive Tony Harding, commented on the generous donation: “It is great to see not only local companies like Centralian Motors, but also a company of the size and importance of Ford Australia supporting training in Alice Springs and at CDU.
“Both teaching staff and trainees alike will benefit tremendously from have hands on access to this modern and advanced technology,” Tony Harding said.
The donation will allow CDU to acquit funding and support training needs in other areas such as VET in Schools and Indigenous programs.