PPG Industries continued its scholarship program in conjunction with TAFE NSW at their Eastern Creek Training Centre with a new intake of second year apprentices earlier this year.
The PPG TAFE NSW Scholarship Program was created in 2017 in response to the increasing need for skilled men and women in the automotive collision repair industry and eight scholarships were awarded across NSW to kick-start the program last year.
As the program moves into its second year another. Another eight second year TAFE students were selected to receive their scholarship pack were accompanied by their employer and/or their parents plus PPG area managers and TAFE representatives.
The TAFE students were welcomed into the program by PPG Business Manager, NSW/ACT Ken Wiggens who then handed over to Training Manager Trevor Duke who outlined the program to the students, the TAFE representatives, the employers and family members of the students.
Training courses over the two years will include:
- Advanced painting techniques
- Colour matching
- Paint chemistry and troubleshooting
- Motor Manufacturing future trends
- Financials, profitable paint shop, calculating the hourly rates required to run a business
- Management, Process creation and implementation
- The training courses will also be made up of peers also participating in the scholarship
Each were presented with their scholarship pack which includes: a personalised SATA 5000 RP digital spray gun, a SATA Airfed Hood and a PPG jacket, bag and spray overalls. The Scholarship will continue for the next two years, even if they change employer. The students will also be mentored and receive two additional days training at PPG’s Eastern Creek Training Centre. The new recipients of the scholarships came from around the state (Griffith, Goulburn, Dubbo, Nowra, and Morisset), as well as across metropolitan Sydney.
Garry Clear, representing TAFE NSW thanked PPG for their initiative and support of the scholarship program and Richard Nathan, previous recipient of a National Collision Repairer Lifetime Achievement Award spoke to everyone about his experiences in the industry and let them know that this is still a great industry in which to be involved.
EDITOR: The national Collision Repairer once again congratulates PPG on the program as it enters its second year. Ken Wiggins and the team at PPG NSW continue to do a great job in supporting the young talent of the future.