It’s full speed ahead for two Dubbo College Senior Campus students who will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Bathurst 1000 experience thanks to TAFE NSW.
Year 12 students Bradley Field and Christopher Isbister-Keally, who study a Certificate II in Automotive as part of the TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program, will work in TAFE NSW’s Mount Panorama Motorsport Training Centre during Australia’s most iconic Supercar race.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the students to not only get a close look at the Supercar legends in action, it also gives them the chance to get hands-on and work on a variety of racing cars,” TAFE NSW Automotive Teacher John Ewing said.
“Every year TAFE NSW students have the chance to help at the Motorsport Training Centre, with many drivers and teams in many different classes relying on us to help them with mechanical and panel repairs to get them back on the track and racing again.”
Bradley, Christopher and seven other TAFE NSW TVET students from across western NSW spent last Thursday in Bathurst preparing for the event. They undertook a safety induction, familiarised themselves with the equipment and prepared the Motorsport Training Centre for the big race.
“I love to get my hands dirty and working on cars, and it will be a lot better than sitting in the classroom,” budding young mechanic Christopher said. “To get behind the scenes of the biggest race in Australia will be great.”
Bradley added: “I think it will be a really fun experience, it’s not every day you get to see the V8 Supercars race and actually get to be a part of it.”
Mr Ewing said this was just one example of the access to life-changing learning opportunities TAFE NSW provides Automotive students. For more information about the huge range of TVET and Automotive courses available at TAFE NSW, visit http://www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.