Careers & Training

Scania launches its 2023 apprentice intake

Scania has begun the search for its next group of apprentices, with 20 apprenticeships being offered as part of its 2023 intake.

Whether it’s on-the-tools in the workshop, or marshalling parts to feed to technicians, Scania offers a variety of apprenticeships in Australia designed to lead to a rewarding career working with its advanced range of trucks and buses.

Directly employed by Scania at one of its nine capital city branches, apprentices work with state-of-the-art industry-leading technology in heavy trucks, buses and engines, using factory-provided computerised diagnostic systems to ensure efficient, reliable performance.

Scania’s company-owned modern workshops use cutting edge technology and are already transitioning towards a battery-electric driven vehicle future.

Over four years, apprentices will complete industry-accredited training in association with TAFEs, comprising on-the-job mentoring, factory-supplied guided learning, as well as face-to-face training at Scania’s Dealer Support Centre in Melbourne. Apprentices may also join the Scania global Top Team workshop competition which takes place every two years and in which Australia has been a regular global winner and finalist.

Scania’s earn-while-you-learn approach pays above award wages, there are flexible working arrangements, and apprentices can accelerate their learning to gain qualification in under four years.

Once qualified with a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31120) or Certificate III Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30320), there are multiple career paths to follow within Scania, both in Australia and within the global network.

A Scania apprentice becomes a member of the 50,000-strong global Scania family, backed by the TRATON Group, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s premier automotive original equipment manufacturers.

Third-year apprentice Max Davies is based at Scania’s Campbellfield branch in Melbourne and says the process so far has been smooth sailing.

“You’re treated like a real person, and you are learning all the time, gaining experience all the way. The sense of teamwork in the workshop is very strong, and the qualified technicians go out of their way to help you out,” he said.

“I was attracted to Scania because of the level of innovation in the trucks and I am looking forward to working with Scania’s hybrid and EV powertrains when I qualify.”

In Sydney at Scania’s brand-new Eastern Creek workshop, Justin Quach is also in his third year and said he came to Scania with no diesel engine knowledge, but nevertheless was very keen to become a technician.

“It has been very enjoyable working at Scania. They want you to be hands-on as soon as possible and there is a good deal of mentoring. Even the boss comes to check on how I am doing,” he said.

“We have a small team at this workshop, and we all get on well. You are expected to get your hands dirty. I was doing services at the end of the first year, and my biggest job so far has been rebuilding a gearbox by myself.”

Scania Australia’s managing director Manfred Streit added that the company’s apprentices are some of its most highly prized assets. “We’re nurturing the next generation of technicians who will play a critical part in our industry’s technology transformation as we journey to a Zero Emissions future for our trucks, buses, and marine and industrial engines and gensets,” he said.

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