Automotive apprentices studying at Charles Darwin University (CDU) have received a boost with an $84,000 corporate donation from one of the industry’s leading vehicle manufacturers.
Isuzu Australia Limited donated a FRD 525 truck for exclusive use of CDU’s automotive trainees and apprentices on Wednesday, 28 November.
The Isuzu FDR 525 truck, worth about $84,000, is a pilot model which is fitted with a common rail diesel engine, air over hydraulic brakes and electronically controlled air suspension.
Coordinator and lecturer of the heavy vehicle program in the School of Trades, David Smith said that the donation would prove invaluable in providing young people the right tools and equipment to prepare for their career in the automotive world.
“We are enormously appreciative of this donation from Isuzu,” he said.
“Isuzu trucks consistently lead the way with an unparalleled range of trucks offering superior specifications as well as legendary reliability. As technology in this industry continues to evolve at a very fast rate, it is imperative that state-of-the-art equipment is available to our apprentices.
“This truck will be used in all facets of training for the heavy automotive discipline, ranging from the advanced diesel engine to the mechanical systems such as steering, suspension and brakes.”
Mr Smith said it was great to see large-scale companies such as Isuzu supporting local apprentices and trainees to ensure a skilled workforce for the future.
The donation of the truck is also in recognition for the support CDU has given Isuzu Australia in providing facilities for dealer training.
The official handover of the truck took place on Wednesday, 28 November.