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TAFE Queensland partners Castrol Townsville 500

16 June 2014

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton has announced TAFE Queensland as the co-naming rights partner of the Castrol Townsville 500 event to be held next month from the 4 - 6 July 2014.

TAFE Queensland will co-present the weekend to reinforce their brand and awareness campaign that is currently running on billboards, buses, TV, radio and in the press and to also give their students the chance to work at the largest event in North Queensland.

The event is now called the Castrol Townsville 500 - Driven by TAFE Queensland.

General Manager of TAFE Queensland North, Joann Pyne said she welcomed TAFE Queensland being able to become co-naming rights partner and demonstrate whole-hearted support of an iconic event that is so important for the people of North Queensland.

"We had no hesitation in becoming a co-naming rights partner and saw this initiative as an outstanding opportunity for our students to practise their newly learned skills and showcase their abilities to potential employers in business, industry and the community, locally and internationally," Ms Pyne said.

"At this year's event, TAFE students from across North Queensland will be involved in hospitality, event management, marketing, television, media, mechanics and commercial activities.

"Throughout the three-day event you will see TAFE Queensland students making great happen as they interact with the world-class V8 Supercar team and gain invaluable real-life, practical experience."

The V8 Supercars Championship race is scheduled to be held in Townsville for at least another three years.

"We saw co-sponsoring a long term event such as the Castrol Townsville 500 - Driven by TAFE Queensland as being the perfect vehicle for our students to expand their skills and for TAFE Queensland to reinforce our commitment to being an efficient, sustainable, responsive organisation dedicated to responding to employer, industry and community needs," Ms Pyne said.