National Apprentice Challenge

The National Apprentice Challenge is an exciting opportunity for heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices to take part in an “hands-on” competition staged live at the biennial Brisbane Truck Show.

Teams of two apprentices are 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 North-West, taking in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The three regional teams work simultaneously, on identical trucks, generously 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.

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 are hosted to attend the Brisbane Truck Show with all expenses covered including travel, meals and accommodation.

The winners will receive prize packages including hosted trips to the V8 Supercars thanks to major sponsors NTI Truck Assist and tool prizes donated by Warby Tools.

National Apprentice Challenge news

HVIA CEO Endures Cold + Mud To Promote HV Careers

10 July 24

Promoting careers in the heavy vehicle industry is a long-standing priority for HVIA and last week CEO Todd Hacking was challenged by Shay Chalmers, CEO of long-term member GLT, to put his money where his mouth was


AUSMASA Seeks Insights Into Automotive Skill Shortages

2 July 24

The Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance is undertaking independent research to understand and address skill shortages facing the Australian automotive industry


Automotive Training Qualifications Set For Overhaul

28 June 24

The Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance will be one of the first Jobs and Skills Councils to progress reforms to vocational education and training packages


Nominate Now Urges 2023 HVIA Award Winner

19 June 24

Brayden Conaghan says he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend taking the time to nominate for Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s 2024 National Awards – the only awards program specifically celebrating the achievements of Australia’s heavy vehicle industry


New HVIA Apprenticeship Awards Recognise All Trades

12 June 24

HVIA’s prestigious 2024 National Awards – which celebrate the achievements of the nation’s heavy vehicle industry – have opened for nominations today


CIT To Host Australia’s first TAFE EV Centre of Excellence

6 May 24

The Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to establish Australia’s first TAFE Electric VehicleCentre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology


New Energy Apprenticeships Program Amped Up

3 May 24

The Federal Government is expanding the New Energy Apprenticeships Program which provides incentives to encourage more people into sectors that are playing a critical role in transitioning Australia to a net-zero economy and support its “Future Made in Australia” goal


HVIA Facilitates Minister’s Visit to Robuk Engineering

16 April 24

HVIA facilitated a recent site visit by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Carol Brown, to member company Robuk Engineering


PACCAR Australia Names Technicians Of The Year

27 March 24

From a shortlist of four Kenworth technicians across Australia, Grant Brown of Kenworth DAF Bayswater has been named 2024 PACCAR Australia’s Kenworth Technician of the Year


Automotive Skills Alliance’s Advisory Panel Gets to Work

28 February 24

The first meeting of the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance’s Automotive Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel took place last week, bringing together members to discuss the latest industry research, projects, and initial Workforce Plan for 202


Nominations Open For 2024 Victorian Training Awards

19 December 23

Now in its 70th year, the annual awards will be presented across 15 categories at a gala ceremony to be held in August 2024


Image Gallery: 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner

6 December 23

If you were among the more than 200 people who attended the prestigious 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner on November 24 (or not), check out this awesome image gallery from the night


Construction Starts On New HV Training Facility In Mackay

15 November 23

Construction has commenced on a multi-million-dollar specialist training facility for heavy automotive trades at the CQUniversity Ooralea campus in Mackay in Central Queensland.


Outstanding Finalists Vie For Apprentice Of Year Award

15 November 23

The finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category of HVIA’s National Awards have been revealed.


Course Aims To Lift Completion Rate Of Female Apprentices

1 November 23

Heavy commercial vehicle tradesperson-turned-life coach, mentor and industry ambassador Louise Azzopardi is offering a new coaching program that aims to tackle the high non-completion rate of female apprentices


Apprentice Challenge Winners Enjoy Super Cars Action

1 November 23

The winners of the 2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge not only got to experience all the race action at last weekend’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, but also got a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the high-octane life of a race-car mechanic


HVIA National Awards Southern Region Finalists Unveiled

25 October 23

HVIA National Awards Southern Region finalists were honoured in Melbourne last week in front of an audience of industry leaders at the HVIA Executive Club event held in Melbourne


Electric Vehicle Apprenticeships Arrive In Qld

11 October 23

Electric Vehicle (EV) apprentices are heading to the sunshine state, with TAFE Queensland now offering the Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Technology apprenticeship to Queenslanders


Critical shortages highlighted during National Skills Week

21 August 23

The pipeline for skilled workers is struggling to keep pace with demand according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking.


2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge results

24 May 23

The 2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge went down to the wire before the Queensland team of Lachlan Tate (Brown & Hurley) and Brayden Conaghan (Penske Australia) took out the title with a flawless fault-finding final.


Putting our future in the hands of a new generation

3 May 23

We have been delighted by the enthusiasm from students and their schools to come to the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show to look at career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry.


Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week media launch

19 April 23

This year’s Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week officially launched at South Bank, Brisbane this week, unveiling the country’s biggest ever program of heavy vehicle events and activities and the largest display of zero-emissions vehicles in the southern hemisphere.


Champion apprentices reunite at Supercars GC500

2 November 22

It was worth the wait for 2021 National Apprentice Challenge champions, Luke Kneebone of Webster Trucks in Tasmania and Sam Allan of Ballarat Isuzu.


Southern Team flip the script in HVIA National Apprentice Challenge final

18 May 21

On the first day of competition Jack and Shaneet from the Eastern team took on Beau and Bekitemba from Western team.


Inspiring activations coming to the BTS21 Jobs Hub

3 February 21

It is full steam ahead with preparations for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and with each week more details are being revealed about exciting displays, events and activations taking place within and alongside the show.


National Apprentice Challenge – are you up for the challenge?

21 October 20

The call for apprentices from around the country is out now. The opportunity to compete in the National Apprentice Challenge, with selected teams taking on the best-of-the-best from all over the country, has been raised another notch.


New grants support participation in business events

11 September 20

HVIA is pleased to share with you the Australian Government’s announcement this morning of a $50 million injection into Australia’s vital business events sector ahead of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.


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