THE EVOLV­ING DOOR

HIS­TORY PROVES WE CAN THRIVE DE­SPITE WORK­FORCE CHANGE

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Front Page -

DIESEL tech­ni­cian Aden Bird knew from a young age he wanted to work around trucks. He trans­ferred to a tech­ni­cal col­lege for Year 12 and grad­u­ated from high school with pre-vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions un­der his belt.

“I was study­ing a lot on me­chan­ics . . . and that all helped,” he says. “Get­ting my ap­pren­tice­ship was a bit dif­fi­cult in the be­gin­ning but per­sis­tence and learn­ing ex­tra knowl­edge got me through and got me my job.”

Bird com­pleted his Cer­tifi­cate III in Heavy Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Me­chan­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy and now works for a truck sales and ser­vice com­pany. He says the best part of his job is work­ing on some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery day.

“I like the chal­lenge and the dif­fer­ences,” he says. Au­to­mo­tive trainer Mark Va­lente says de­mand for ve­hi­cles and their grow­ing va­ri­ety has in­creased the need for me­chan­ics as well as spe­cial­ist train­ing.

Pic­ture: BIANCA DE MARCHI

CHAL­LENGE: Diesel tech­ni­cian Aden Bird says per­sis­tence and ex­tra learn­ing helped him get his job.

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