Automotive training arrives at Horizon

Students at work in Horizon Christian School's tailor-made automotive shed, which provides for students undertaking automotive training. Photo: Supplied
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Automotive training has arrived at Horizon Christian School this year, after many years of preparation and planning.

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Holding fast to the sentiment ‘If you build it, they will come’, the tailor-made automotive shed, the brainchild of newly retired Technology Studies teacher Andrew Seminutin, had been fitted out with hoists, compressor, tyre pressure checker and various hand-held tools and mechanical requirements, all that was needed was trainees.

Once they had toured the facilities, TAFE SA came onboard to begin the Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology.

Now eight students from Horizon Christian School and Balaklava High School are undertaking the course, which will go towards gaining their SACE Certificate.

Horizon Vocational Education and Training (VET) coordinator Eleanor Burford said the school was excited to be offering this opportunity to students, as it enabled many to access VET studies which could be prohibitive to some families, due to the need to travel to Adelaide weekly.

“We are hugely indebted to Andrew Seminutin’s vision for this space and all the effort he put into the planning,” she said.

“Likewise, our grounds staff have put many hours into setting up the space. We are all so excited to see it being utilised for what it was intended.”

Year 11 student Brock Smith shared his experience with the new facilities.

“It is great to be learning something new and the facilities are clean and organised,” he said.

Cooper Russell, another participant, also agrees it is much easier to access the course at Horizon Christian School, rather than having to travel to Adelaide to do it.

Principal Mike Clisby said this was another great addition to what the school offered students.

“We are very pleased with the great layout and excellent functionality of this new learning space” he said.

“It is great to be able to provide yet another specialist facility where students can pursue their passion for learning.”

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