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Forklift donation to build new skills for CQU Mackay Automotive apprentices

Published:08 July 2020

L-R: Automotive teacher Devin Flor, ABEC Forklifts owner Craig Coxon and Professor Nick Klomp.

CQUniversity students at the Mackay TAFE Trade Training Centre have been gifted an electric forklift thanks to local business ABEC Forklifts.

The donation was made by the owner of ABEC Forklifts Craig Coxon who sought to enhance the automotive students training with a Crown Electric Pedestrian Operated Forklift as The College of Trades was looking for a solution to moving materials around the Engineering and Automotive workshops.

To buy a second-hand forklift would cost between $10,000 to $15,000.

Automotive teacher Devin Flor said the donation recognised the importance of the relationships between CQU and local businesses to support the expansion of training opportunities in the Mackay region.

"We aim to give our apprentices access to the widest variety of industry technology possible – so it is great that ABEC Forklifts can support us in that,” he said.

“This donation will support the continuation of training and up-skilling our apprentices.

“The advantage of this forklift is that you don’t require a license to operate. The students will be trained in using it to build their skill set for the workforce."