19 May ACM PARTS AND CHISHOLM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP
ACM Parts will donate cars and auto parts to support TAFE students as part of an exciting new partnership with the Chisholm Institute.
The contribution of car bodies and parts for mechanical and collision repair will be used to help train and develop apprentices at Chisholm, which offers students a selection of 14 different automotive courses.
As part of the partnership, ACM Parts and Chisholm students will fully restore a car, which will be auctioned for charity at the end of the project.
ACM Parts CEO Mike Kirkman said he was passionate about supporting students keen on a career in the automotive industry.
“ACM Parts is dedicated to making sure the best people enter the automotive industry and that starts with the provision of high quality education,” Mr Kirkman said.
“Investing in students by making sure they have access to the best possible parts, equipment and knowledge means we are investing in the future of the automotive industry.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Chisholm to support the next generation of automotive experts.”
ACM Parts said the partnership was part of a broader national plan to build strong ties with TAFE providers and the broader industry.
“As a relatively new Australian business with plans to expand, we want to foster the development of a highly skilled workforce,” said Mr Kirkman.
“We pride ourselves on being the leaders in our field and we want to help the students at Chisholm be the same.”
Chisholm’s executive director for engineering, technology and trades, Andrew Kong, said there was an “indisputable” link between providing quality education, including access to leading industry partners, and positive student experiences.
“This partnership is unique in that it not only contributes to quality education and training outcomes for students and apprentices entering the job market for the first time, but will also support retrenched workers from areas of the automotive and component manufacturing sector who are seeking to transition into new employment opportunities,” Mr Kong said.
“We are very excited about what this partnership will bring to the local community.”
Mr Kirkman said he was also excited about what the partnership would mean for local workers.
“ACM Parts is committed to working closely with Chisholm in identifying people for possible employment as part of the regional automotive workforce transition program, to see those retrenched workers retrained and returned to work,” Mr Kirkman said.
“We value the skills of workers who have spent part of their career building cars and we want to make a place for them in our business.”