Need for Speed

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

Box Hill Institute’s Centre for Automotive, Transport and Engineering held an Automotive Career Day recently which featured guest speaker, V8 Supercar driver, Jason Bargwanna.

The Automotive Career Day was jointly run by the Institute and Work Place Connect (WPC) Group, who are a not-for-profit training organisation specialising in the training of apprentices and trainees. 

Thirty or so budding apprentices who were year nine and ten students participating in TAFE Tasters and pathways programs attended the session where they heard Jason Bargwanna discuss his journey into motor racing.   

The aim of the day was to promote courses and identify opportunities for the secondary school students to enrol in Certificate III and IV in Automotive at Box Hill Institute.   

The students were impressed with Jason’s candid discussion on how he grew up tinkering around in his father’s workshop, and being so keen on speed and racing that he would have raced anything, including  shopping trolley’s. 

Well known for winning the 2000 Bathurst 1000, Bargwanna has had had a successful career in the V8 Supercar Series where he now races a Holden for Brad Jones Racing.   

Jason’s passion for car racing was evident as he chatted about his journey into V8 Supercar racing which began with go-cart racing.   

It’s an exciting time to be involved in motor sport.  There are many new opportunities in areas such as fuel technology, which will play a crucial role in the future of the car industry,” Jason said.   

Jason had lots of advice for the potential apprentices, but his primary message was to be passionate about what you do.  “Follow what it is you want and give it 120 per cent, you never know what opportunities could come your way,” he said. 

The audience also heard from an apprentice mechanic from Mercedes Benz who discussed his experiences and some of the great opportunities that have come his way through enthusiasm and hard work. 

After the session Jason showed the students his V8 Supercar which was on display and signed posters for them. The Career Day proved to be very successful and will no doubt encourage some of the students to pursue a career in the automotive industry.