RACQ helps train future Australian soldiers

Australian Army Trade Trainees have been given practical, on the job training from RACQ’s industry-leading Roadside Assistance and Automotive Services teams to help them hone their mechanical skills.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the trainees would spend six to eight weeks learning some valuable skills from RACQ’s experienced team.

“RACQ Patrols will help the trainees learn customer service skills and the techniques the team use to diagnose issues when out on the road,” Ms Clinton said.

“They’ll also spend time at our Fleet Vehicle Centre, a fully-equipped workshop, where they’ll hone their skills working with modern vehicles.”

The trade-qualified soldiers from the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Brisbane’s Enoggera base would train at RACQ’s Eight Mile Plains campus, and on-the-road with RACQ Patrols.

Ms Clinton said this wasn’t the first time RACQ and the Army had worked together.

“Since World War I (WWI), RACQ and its members have been supporting the Australian Army in a variety of ways,” she said.

“RACQ was awarded the ‘Royal’ prefix for its work during WWI, transporting injured soldiers from the docks to local hospitals.

“We’ve also hosted Army trainees before, for ride-along training with our Patrols in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

“We’re proud and excited to be able to continue this tradition.”