National Apprentice of the Year Award

The HVIA National Apprentice of the Year Award is an annual award open to apprentices in the final stages of their training from the heavy vehicle repair, service and manufacturing sectors. The entrants are nominated by their employer.

Nominees are judged by interview with a panel appointed by the Association who base their assessment on a series of selection criteria.

The award is part of HVIA’s suite of national awards, with regional finalists acknowledged in local events in the lead-up to HVIA’s Gala Awards Dinner held each November.

The events highlight the achievements of some of the industry’s most talented and dedicated apprentices.

2023 Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Wurth)

When you have managers, customers, and Queensland TAFE (Acacia Ridge campus) singing the praises of your apprentice you know that you are dealing with someone special.

It was not surprisingly, therefore, that Penske Australia’s Brayden Conaghan was awarded the national Apprentice of the Year gong.

Brayden has a strong passion for the industry, and this became clear at the Brisbane Truck Show this year when he and a fellow apprentice won the Apprentice Challenge in record time and being the only team ever to find the mystery fault.

One of the most impressive attributes of Brayden is his integrity. He takes ownership of any request handed to him and steps up in times of need at a moment’s notice.

Brayden is a fantastic team player and knows the importance of teamwork in any environment. He cares for his fellow work mates, customers, and the business.

Not only did Brayden challenge himself in completing his apprenticeship ahead of schedule he also tested himself in obtaining his recreational pilot’s licence at the same time.

Brayden consistently demonstrates the highest level of technical aptitude in all aspects of the workplace, evidenced through the early completion of his apprenticeship and ability to work self-sufficiently and accurately on jobs. In addition, his ability to work under pressure is also notable.

What’s more, Brayden’s ability to communicate and interact with members of his team at Penske has always been at the highest of standards. Great communication and interaction skills have become a crucial part in his tool kit as he is now in a field service role.

Since completing his apprenticeship, Brayden plans to continue to learn and gain as much experience in his current role before progressing into a leadership role such as a leading hand or supervisor position.

Finalists:
Paris Maw – CMV Truck & Bus Albury Wodonga
Riley Watterson – Trucks on the Run
Ziyaz Unus – Iveco Group
Hayden Norup – Robuk Engineering
Joshua Wells – Royans Brisbane
Todd Shalders – CMV Truck & Bus


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