3M & Chip Foose support young car enthusiasts with launch of training centre

With the help of Chip Foose, the 3M ANZ Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) has launched a new training centre in Blacktown, NSW, giving the next generation of car enthusiasts the opportunity to expand their skills in the trade.

A face if the industry, Foose, 3M AAD’s Global Brand Ambassador, legendary owner and chief designer at Foose Design and star of television series Overhaulin’, has touched down in Australia to support the opening of the centre.

The automotive industry is suffering a skills shortage, and with the youth unemployment rate in the region of 6.4 per cent*, the $2 million training centre will not only help tradies, students and apprentices to expand their skills and employment prospects but will also assist in igniting interest amongst potential new talent.

The training Centre will initially be able to intake 300 students per year with the view to grow this number. Students are able to gain hands-on experience in panel beating, spray painting and detailing. In addition to skills related to the Automotive industry, The training centre can also cater for those who are seeking skills in the manufacturing, construction and commercial markets.

Chip Foose commented, “Currently, children are constantly surrounded by technology, social media and gaming. A favourite pastime used to be working with your father on cars but now, youth are not developing as much of a natural interest in the industry. The 3M Automotive Training Centre will introduce this pastime as both a hobby and career path to the immediate area and across Sydney.

Andrew King, Business Manager, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division added, “We’re excited to be launching the Training centre which will help provide job opportunities for many youth in the immediate area and beyond. With Chip Foose supporting the launch, we’re hoping this state-of-the-art facility will increase awareness in an industry where interest is declining. We are confident the program’s we’re offering will be a success and help young adults gain the skills required to succeed in this diverse industry.

With 100 years of automotive industry experience, 3M AAD is the expert in auto design, manufacture ans repair.

For more information about #M ANZ Automotive Aftermarket Division please visit:
http://www.3m.com.au/3M/en_AU/automotive-au/

*http://lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?LMIP/LFR_SAFOUR/NSW_LFR_LM_byLFR_UnemploymentRate

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