ACM Parts is donating free parts to help disadvantaged students in Melbourne’s Western suburbs make a fresh start as part of the Hand Brake Turn Program in Sunshine.

The initiative is run by not-for-profit organisation, Concern Australia is part of the Learning Alliance, a Registered Training Organisation that gives young people the chance to build automotive workshop skills. Students who complete the course receive a Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

ACM Parts CEO Mike Kirkman said ACM Parts, who have their headquarters in Sunshine, was proud to support local young people developing new skills.

“It’s fantastic to see these young people building their automotive skills, and their life skills,” Mr Kirkman said.

“It’s easy to get lost in the transition from school to work. Getting back on track can totally change the course of a young person’s life and we are happy to be able to provide some practical support.”

Hand Brake Turn trainer Oscar Rosa said success stories include students that have gone on to complete apprenticeships, as well as those who have moved into full time jobs.

It’s the automotive aspect that gets young people interested. Giving them the time they need, and trying to be a role model in their life, makes them feel comfortable while they are learning,” Mr Rosa said.

Hand Brake Turn relies on public and corporate donations to keep its operation running. ACM Parts donated car guards and bonnets for panel beating and spray-painting design.


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