Pictured in Gympie TAFE’s new small engine and mechanics workshop is Business Development Officer Corrie McColl, board member Kieren Smith and Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne.
Pictured in Gympie TAFE’s new small engine and mechanics workshop is Business Development Officer Corrie McColl, board member Kieren Smith and Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne. Craig Warhurst

Motorbike mechanics course at TAFE

A MAJOR overhaul at Gympie’s Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) campus has cemented Gympie as the motorcycle mechanics training hub for the future.

Institute Director Trevor Schwenke said the work completed at the institute’s Gympie campus ranged from minor layout improvements to major remodelling.

“$545,000 worth of projects has been completed under the Australian Government Teaching and Learning Capital Fund’s Better TAFE Facilities (BTF) program,” Mr Schwenke said.

“They include the complete renovation of our automotive area and major equipment additions to our workshop.

“The work also involves environmentally sustainable design concepts to better utilise natural lighting and airflow.”

The investment in the motorcycle and automotive trades was provided by the Federal Government’s $85.2 million TAFE modernisation program and took about three months to complete.

The Gympie motorcycle mechanics training course is the only one of its kind north of Brisbane.

About 120 students, from country Queensland to Cairns, have come through the Gympie campus to complete their apprenticeships.

The funding providing repainting, repairs and replacements had seen upgrades to classrooms, workshops and lecture areas.

“The funds have also been used to buy a range of new training equipment including a variety of tooling, welding equipment, plate rollers and a guillotine,” he said.

“We need to provide the most modern and industry standard training resources to ensure our students have the skills and relevant training as the economy recovers.”

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