The winners of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Apprentice of the Year prizes have been announced at a special gala awards breakfast in Brisbane today.
Daniel Steuten, from Royans in Melbourne took out the top award representing the southern region, with Jayden Breuker (Daimler Trucks Mt Gambier – southern region) securing the High Achievement award and Wayne Taradel (Drake Trailers Apprenticeships Qld) earning a Certificate of Merit.
The HVIA Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Warby Tools) is open to final year apprentices and is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated advanced ability as they undergo their apprenticeship in a discipline related to heavy vehicle repair, service or the manufacturing sector.
Nominees demonstrated high level performance, an enthusiastic attitude and articulated their future industry employment goals.
Steuten has shown an interest in the automotive field from a young age and spends every spare minute modifying his cars.
Displaying an exceptional understanding during the four years of his mechanical apprenticeship, his supervisors at Royans applauded his “can-do” attitude.
“His attitude and commitment have been flawless. He is a joy to have around the workshop,” said his supervisors.
“We have been extremely happy watching Daniel progress into a skilled tradesperson. He has shown skills across all areas of the smash repair process and continues to surprise us with his capabilities and knowledge.”
Having recently completed his mechanical apprenticeship, Steuten now intends to take on an auto electrical apprenticeship.
“Royans has been highly supportive of my will to continue my training and gain more qualifications,” said Steuten.
“I would like to continue my work here at Royans and move through the ranks as time goes by.”
High Achievement’ award winner, Breuker jumped at the opportunity to dual trade and undertook his Cert III in Automotive electrical technology with Daimler Trucks Australia as well as completing Fuso, Mercedes Benz, Freightliner, Allison and Detroit training.
A highlight was being promoted to workshop supervisor at only 25 years of age with one eye on becoming branch manager.
“Initially my goal is to keep improving and learning more so I can be the best I can be,” Breuker said. “I also will be working on empowering my crew to be the best they can be, so we can offer our customers the best service experience possible.”
‘Certificate of Merit’ recipient Taradel has consistently exceeded expectations during his daily duties and has always completed his training with his exceptionally high standard and his unwavering commitment in all aspects of his working life has made him a popular and valued member of Drakes workforce.
The full list of nominees can be found on the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia website.