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Major donation supports motor industry training


People undertaking training in New Zealand’s automotive industry are about to benefit from a major donation from Holden New Zealand

In a joint initiative with industry training organisation MITO, Holden has donated more than $300,000 worth of vehicle components, including engine assemblies, transmissions, transaxles and differentials. MITO has distributed these components to polytechnics, schools and private training establishments throughout New Zealand, where they will be used for education and training purposes.

MITO Chief Executive Janet Lane says Holden’s generosity reflects a strong training-focused relationship between the two organisations.

“MITO is committed to seeking partnerships that will help us in our role in facilitating education and training within the automotive industry,” she says.

More than 4000 people are currently enrolled in MITO automotive training programmes nationwide, gaining internationally recognised qualifications in roles ranging from automotive technician to sales and service and management-level positions, supported by a regionally-based network of MITO Industry Training Advisors.

“Holden recognises the importance of supporting the training of the next generation of automotive technicians,” says Simon Carr, Holden New Zealand’s Managing Director. “We hope that our donation will help young and aspiring technicians to increase their practical skills and knowledge, so that they can reach their goals and become great automotive technicians in the future.”

Auckland’s Glenfield College has received transmissions from a 2003 Holden Astra and a Daewoo. They will be used in their automotive engineering courses, which are designed to prepare Year 12 and 13 students for careers in the automotive industry.

“We’ve offered these courses for a number of years, and they continue to prove popular for boys and girls keen on cars,” says Principal Ted Benton. “This donation from Holden has been very gratefully received, and I’m sure the equipment will prove an invaluable teaching aid – particularly in meeting the increasing industry demand for people with advanced technical skills in vehicle repair and servicing.”

StartUp® is MITO’s automotive programme for secondary school students. It gives students the chance to experience the motor industry and at the same time earn credits towards a National Certificate.

According to Chief Executive Janet Lane this “dynamic” industry offers an enormous variety of exciting career opportunities for those with a passion for learning.

“New technology is seeing the introduction of more sophisticated vehicles with more complex and demanding servicing and repair requirements. It’s an environment in which people with talent and initiative can thrive – and Holden’s donation will help ensure they have the knowledge and techniques they need to succeed.”

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