Minister Hall officially opens Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence Stage II
22 February 2012
The ACE features a modern and innovative design to reflect the future of the automotive industry.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall, officially opened Kangan Institute's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Stage II at a ceremony held on February 22, 2012.
Centrally located on Batmans Hill Drive in Docklands, the ACE Stage II features state-of-the-art facilities such as a world-class vehicle and engine testing facility and a purpose-built auto electrical lab supplied by Training Systems Australia with the latest simulation and diagnostic equipment.
The campus also offers specialised workshop spaces converging industry and learning environments, including a dedicated industry training workshop and distinctive spaces available for event hire and product training.
Ray Griffiths, CEO of Kangan Institute, said the centre was a unique hub open to all automotive stakeholders, whether they may be students, employers, industry participants or even motoring enthusiasts.
"The ACE was established with a clear aim to focus on the industry's needs and provide future automotive leaders with innovative and relevant training to strengthen the industry's overall competitiveness," he said.
"With the launch of Stage II, I can say with confidence that we're taking a big step towards further securing our position as the most advanced automotive training provider in the region."
From light and heavy vehicles to outdoor power equipment, marine mechanics and motorcycles, Kangan Institute offers a range of nationally-accredited qualifications at the ACE from certificate I to diploma levels and a great selection of short courses.
The automotive department also develops customised training plans to address individual needs, with flexible learning options including on-site training.
Ray adds that the ACE Stage II is poised to drive the future of Australia's automotive development by promoting a fresher perception of the sector and attracting youth to the industry.
"We've already had a great start with this with a new cohort of about 3,500 apprentices starting their training at the ACE this year," he said.
The ACE offers an award-winning environmental building design aligned with the clean and green future direction of the automotive industry. The complex achieved a Vic Urban Award of Excellence and a 5-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) last year.
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