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ISUZU TECHS TOP INDUSTRY APPRENTICE CHALLENGE

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Apprentice Challenge, held last week at the biannual Brisbane Truck Show.

This year’s top accolade went to an all-Isuzu Southern Team, with apprentices Samual Allan (Ballarat Isuzu in Victoria) and Luke Kneebone (Webster Trucks in Tasmania) in peak form during the gruelling competition.

The Southern Team edged out a bold Western Team, comprising Bekitemba Gwebu from Major Motors Isuzu in Perth and Beau Smith representing CMV Truck Centre in Cavan, South Australia.

The HVIA National Apprentice Challenge attracts some of the best and brightest mechanical apprentices from all over Australia to compete in a staged competition as they identify and rectify a series of pre-programmed truck faults. This year, the apprentices were working on two Isuzu GXD 165-350 prime movers, on loan from us for the duration of the competition.

In a seesawing four days of competition, all three representative teams duked it out for top spot, with the lead changing several times.

With bonus points up for grabs and faults repaired with just seconds to spare on the countdown clock, the event proved to be quite the spectacle for passersby at the South Bank Piazza and the 400-strong crowd in attendance.

Finalists received tool prize packages courtesy of Warby Tools, while the winning team took away hosted trips to the 2021 Supercars Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 event.

Our national service manager Brett Stewart said he was thrilled with the success of the competition and the winning result for the Southern Team.

“This event has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years. It’s a fantastic way to inject passion and comradery into the broader technical skills sector, and we were delighted to support the challenge with two Isuzu trucks to work on.

“We could not be prouder of both Sam and Luke. As young apprentices, they’ve put their hands up to ‘have a go’, come out of their comfort zones, and by all reports, they’re extremely glad they did,” Mr Stewart said.

“I can only continue to encourage any young apprentices in the truck world to take up these sorts of industry opportunities and see where it takes you.”

2021 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge results:

REGION DEALERSHIP SCORE
Southern    
Luke Kneebone Webster Trucks, Hobart 84.4% (119)
Samual Allan Ballarat Isuzu, Ballarat 85.11% (120)
Eastern
Shaneet Singh Stillwell Trucks, Sydney 79% (112)
Jack Dennis Penske Australia, Brisbane 87.23% (123)
Western
Beau Smith CMV Truck Centre, Adelaide 80.85% (114)
Bekitemba Gwebu Major Motors, Perth 73.63% (104)

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