Glenala's Trade Skills Centre opens

Year 11 and 12 students to gain industry skills training at Queensland high school after centre opens

Glenala's Trade Skills Centre opens
Opening of the Glenala State High School’s Trade Skills Centre.


The Glenala State High School’s Trade Skills Centre (TSC) has been officially opened in south-east Queensland, providing high school students the opportunity to add a heavy vehicle stream to their Certificate 2 Automotive Vocational Preparation course.

A federally-funded initiative through Trade Training Centres in Schools Project, the Glenala TSC is the result of a long process, with lobbying for both state and federal funding beginning four years ago.

As a result of funding being granted last year, the new centre will begin its working life from July.

Contributions of the HVIA’s former entity, the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ), acting as a referee for its funding tender and the donation of a 2000 model Iveco Eurocargo from Iveco Trucks Brisbane ensured the centre was realised.

HVIA CEO Brett Wright says the project provides students with access to an industry pathway.

"The success of the Glenala Trade Skills Centre provides HVIA with a model to roll out to the other regions in Australia to support the entire heavy vehicle industry having access to trained school leavers seeking entry level positions within the industry," he says.

Thanking The Brown and Hurley Group, Cummins South Pacific, Warby Tools, and Levanta Superior Workshop Solutions for their contribution to the centre, Wright says heavy vehicle trainers from Queensland TAFE SkillsTech and driveline service specialists, Gibbs Truck and Trailer Parts also deserve a mention for spending hours modifying the truck into a training tool.

A former horse carrier, the adapted second-hand Eurocargo model will act as the mainstay resource for students during their training.

Initially partnering with the school in 2012 when the first funding application was made, HVIA recommitted to support the project in September for three years.

The industry body says the deal will see both sides "work co-operatively… to achieve successful training, work experience and employment outcomes for the students who undertake the heavy vehicle training at the TSC."  



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