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IN AD­DI­TION to new truck and trailer re­leases, the 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show will – for the first time – put a spotlight on the lat­est in heavy ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions.

To mark its 50th year, the show will fea­ture a Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Cen­tre that’ll not only pay trib­ute to the world-class in­no­va­tion over the past half a cen­tury, but show­case fu­ture tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­no­va­tion.

The cen­tre will fea­ture dy­namic and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and demon­stra­tions and in­for­ma­tion. Dis­plays will show­case in­dus­try de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­no­va­tions, re­search and devel­op­ment suc­cess sto­ries, and con­nect busi­nesses with sup­port pro­grams and ser­vices.

What’s more, the 2017 show will again put the spotlight on in­dus­try ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The 2017 Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA) Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge will be staged live dur­ing the event.

This hands-on com­pe­ti­tion will see teams of two ap­pren­tices se­lected to rep­re­sent each of HVIA’s three na­tional re­gions: eastern cov­er­ing New South Wales, ACT and Queens­land; south­ern in­clud­ing Victoria, Tas­ma­nia and South Aus­tralia; and north­west, tak­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

The three re­gional teams will work si­mul­ta­ne­ously, on iden­ti­cal trucks, gen­er­ously sup­plied by Fuso Aus­tralia, to iden­tify and rec­tify a se­ries of pro­grammed faults as the clock ticks.

The win­ning team is the first suc­cess­fully to iden­tify and re­pair all the faults, or the team that rec­ti­fies the most faults within the al­lowed time frame. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is open to heavy ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tices em­ployed or nom­i­nated by mem­bers of HVIA.

For vis­i­tors to the show, the com­pe­ti­tion is quite a dy­namic spec­ta­cle, with com­men­tary ex­plain­ing the ap­pren­tices’ moves and strat­egy as their ap­proach to ad­dress­ing the chal­lenge un­folds.

Things can get tense as the teams watch their avail­able time evap­o­rate.

The Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge is a ter­rific show­case for heavy ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tice­ships, demon­strat­ing the nous and ini­tia­tive quickly de­vel­oped by th­ese new en­trants to the in­dus­try. It also aims to pro­mote and foster a pro­fes­sional im­age of the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try to the wider com­mu­nity.

The teams are se­lected from nom­i­nees based on their re­sults from a two-hour exam held in each re­gion.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tices will be hosted to at­tend the first two days of this year’s Bris­bane Truck Show with all ex­penses cov­ered, in­clud­ing travel, meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion. The win­ners will re­ceive prizes do­nated by Warby Tools.

Ad­ja­cent to the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre will sit HVIA’s work­force devel­op­ment show­case, the In­dus­try Ca­reers Hub. At the 2015 Bris­bane Truck Show, HVIA spon­sored and co­or­di­nated more than 700 stu­dents and 50 ed­u­ca­tional staff from 23 schools to visit the show.

The Ca­reers Cen­tre pro­vided a one-stop shop with a com­pre­hen­sive range of in­dus­try ca­reers stake­hold­ers on hand and ready to an­swer ques­tions from stu­dents, par­ents and many more ma­ture job seek­ers.

Each stu­dent at­tended an In­dus­try pre­sen­ta­tions con­ducted by TAFE Queens­land Skill­stech and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion & Train­ing Queens­land.

This year a key ad­di­tion to the stu­dents’ visit will be tour­ing the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre, be­fore ex­plor­ing the show and en­joy­ing heats of the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Chal­lenge, live each af­ter­noon. For more in­for­ma­tion on the show, to be held May 25-28 at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, visit www.bris­banetruck­

Be­low: Rugby League leg­end and 2015 show am­bas­sador Shane We­bcke

Above: More than 700 stu­dents are ex­pected to visit the 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show

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