May 27, 2017

Truckloads of talent on show as apprentices face off

Truckloads of talent on show as apprentices face off

Rockhampton fourth-year apprentice Drew Charlesworth-Smith and team-mate Angus Thomson have won the 2017 Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Apprentice Challenge finals at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The Westco Truck Sales apprentice and Volvo Brisbane South apprentice made up the victorious Eastern Region team, who came out on top of the Southern and North-Western Region teams.

The three regional teams worked simultaneously on identical trucks supplied by Fuso Australia to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticked.

“To win, the team was the first to successfully identify and repair all the faults,” HVIA national workforce development manager Mark O’Kane said.

“The teachers from Tafe Queensland SkillsTech, who set the faults, made sure the task was anything but a cake-walk.

“We didn’t expect any of the teams to be able to complete the full task in the allotted time.

“In fact, for Angus and Drew to finish with 12 faults rectified from 13 set, is a reflection of the great cooperative spirit they developed and how efficiently they worked together.”

The winning team takes home a trophy and all competitors received prizes from Warby Tools to the combined value of $1800.

The Southern Region team (representing Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia) was Paul Kleinberg and Matthew Hinge, both fourth year apprentices at Cummins South Pacific in Melbourne.

Third year apprentice Damien Camacho, from Westrans, teamed up with Jordan White (fourth year) from Cummins South Pacific, to represent the North-Western Region (representing Western Australia and Northern Territory).

Organised by the HVIA, formerly the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland, the Brisbane Truck Show is held every two years and attracts more than 300 exhibitors and up to 40,000 attendees over four days. 

National Apprentice of the Year Winners Drew Charlesworth-Smith and Angus Thomson (centre) with Doug Warby from Warby Tools, Romesh Rodrigo of Fuso and HVIA President Peter Langworthy.