Event news: Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge en­tries are open

Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge en­tries are open for Bris­bane Truck Show

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The Bris­bane Truck Show is renowned as the place to be for the first look at the lat­est of­fer­ings from Aus­tralia’s wide ar­ray of truck and trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers and distrib­u­tors.

Once those trucks are on the road and clock­ing up the kilo­me­tres, who is go­ing to look after them to make sure they’re kept in tip-top shape?

Aus­tralia’s best up-and-com­ing ser­vice tech­ni­cians will put it all on the line in one of the most en­ter­tain­ing high­lights of the Bris­bane Truck Show.

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the 2019 Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (HVIA) Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge, to be staged live at the bi­en­nial event from May 16 to 19.

HVIA spokesman Paul Wood­land says that heavy ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tices at any stage of their study from across Aus­tralia have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the ex­cit­ing “hands-on” com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge show­cases the nous and ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped by these new en­trants to the in­dus­try,” he says.

“Teams of two ap­pren­tices will be se­lected to rep­re­sent each of HVIA’s three Na­tional Re­gions: Eastern, South­ern and North­west­ern.

“Each re­gional team will work on iden­ti­cal Iveco Stralis X-Way prime movers 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,” Wood­land says.

For vis­i­tors 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,” Wood­land adds.

“Of course, there’s the glory of the ti­tle up for grabs, but the fun and ca­ma­raderie the com­peti­tors share over the four-day event is equally what it’s all about.

“That said, the prizes are noth­ing to sneeze at ei­ther.”

Thanks to spon­sors NTI and Truck As­sist, the win­ners will re­ceive re­turn air­fares, tick­ets to the Voda­fone Gold Coast 600 Su­per­cars event next Oc­to­ber. Fi­nal­ists also re­ceive prizes from Warby Tools.

The teams will be made up of the two ap­pren­tices from each re­gion with the high­est re­sults from a two-hour the­ory exam held at their near­est TAFE in­sti­tute co­or­di­nated by TAFE Queens­land Skill­sTech.

Se­lected com­peti­tors will be hosted to the 2019 Bris­bane Truck Show in­clud­ing travel, meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The HVIA Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge will be staged at the 2019 Bris­bane Truck Show from 1.00pm daily with the fi­nal be­ing held on Sun­day May 19. De­tails are avail­able on the show web­site: www.bris­banetruck­show.com.au

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