Donated vehicles provide invaluable training resource

27 November 2015

Geraldton car yard Auto Elite have generously donated two vehicles to the automotive training team at Durack Institute of Technology.

The vehicles will be used by students in the automotive program for hands on training purposes at the new Technology Park campus.

Valued at approximately $5,000, more than 60 students will benefit from the donation in the coming year. 

Durack Automotive Donation

Auto Elite Managing Director Nicholas Geronimos presents two vehicles to Durack automotive lecturer Thomas Buhlmann for future training needs.

Nicholas Geronimos, Managing Director of Auto Elite, said he donated the vehicles to Durack, in part, because of the high level of professionalism displayed by the automotive training department. 

“I’ve been working with TAFE for over 30 years and the current automotive department is as good as it’s ever been. The code of conduct by the staff is exceptional. Industry people are made to feel very welcome and valued, it’s a delight to work with and help the TAFE deliver their training outcomes. 

I believe if the automotive team are presenting such good practices to local business, then they must also be doing an outstanding job with the apprentices”. 

Managing Director of Durack Institute of Technology, Bill Swetman, said the donations were invaluable learning tools for both the students and lecturers.

“Our lecturers work hard to build strong relationships with industry, so that Durack students are able to develop their skills and knowledge using current, industry relevant resources in a practical manner”.

“This kind donation from Nicholas highlights our robust link with the local automotive industry”, Mr Swetman said.

Durack has been recognised for their ongoing commitment to building industry and community relationships by being acknowledged as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Training Awards. 


Large Training Provider of the Year Award Finalist 


FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment