Kangan Institute’s heavy vehicle apprentices James Greig and Brett Holland have clinched first place at the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA) 2019 National Apprentice Challenge.
Part of the 16-19 May Brisbane Truck Show, the challenge involved three teams from across Australia working against the clock to identify and rectify a series of generated faults on identical trucks.
James and Brett were chosen to represent the southern region (VIC, TAS, SA) after achieving first and second place in the region respectively during the preliminary test.
Currently a third year apprentice technician at Westar Truck Centre (Derrimut), James of Werribee said the challenge was an invaluable experience that will help his future.
“As an apprentice we don’t normally get to go interstate to compete in a national competition,” he said.
James Greig at his workplace in Westar Truck Centre Derrimut
“This was a really good experience and it’ll hopefully open a few doors for me later.”
Kangan Institute CEO Phill Murphy said the apprentices’ strong performance reflected their skills and passion in the trade.
“Congratulations to James and Brett. Their first place win reflects the hard work they’ve put into becoming masters of their craft,” said Mr. Murphy.
“It also reflects the skills and expertise that they’ve honed through years of training and practise at TAFE and the workplace.”
Both apprentices are undertaking the Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31116) at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence in Docklands. Also in his third year, Brett of Kensington is completing his apprenticeship at CMV Truck & Bus (Derrimut).