The latest Future Leader of the Industry presentation was made to Zach Hoyle, a fourth year Autobody Repair Apprentice at Sheen Panel Service and an award-winning student at Kangan Institute.
Matt Brasher of IAG was MC for the occasion. He welcomed the guests and thanked Sheen Panel Service, Tooronga, for hosting the event, then invited Manager, Matt White, to say few words. “I’ve been with Zach virtually from the beginning and it’s such a thrill to see how he has progressed during his journey. The awards and recognition are well deserved.”
Gary Wood, I-CAR Australia Gold Class Co-ordinator, added that I-CAR is honoured to continue to support the awards. Wood said I-CAR is well-acquainted with the Sheen Group and congratulated them on their excellent apprenticeship program. As he presented the two I-CAR Training Vouchers, he said: “It’s clear that you have already established a commitment to training and development, as evidenced by your awards thus far in your career. I encourage you to keep this up as the industry will continue to evolve and become even more challenging and interesting.”
Brasher returned to “the podium” and invited Zach to come forward for an impromptu interview:
MB: How did you develop your passion for cars?
ZH: When I was younger, my dad taught me how to service a car and I built on this knowledge with my mates, so when it came time to choose a career path, it was a no-brainer to look to automotive.”
MB: And living in regional Victoria, how did you get in contact with Sheen?
ZH: I heard that Sheen was looking for apprentices in Melbourne, so I applied, went for an interview and was offered a position at the Malvern facility.
MB: I believe you are now in your final year and completed TAFE?
ZH: I attended the Sheen-specific classes at Kangan Institute, particularly the Sheen Apprentice Program, which was a fantastic experience.
MB: So, what is it about Sheen that continues to keep you interested?
ZH: The work culture is just excellent, and the apprentices all receive strong support from the more experienced staff. It really is a great team.
MB: And you were successful at Kangan Institute’s 2020 Industry Excellence Awards?
ZH: I was awarded the Sheen Group Body Repair Apprentice of the Year, and I was so thrilled to receive both the recognition and the award.
MB: So, where do you see yourself in say, five years’ time?
ZH: Whilst its far too early to say what the future holds, one thing for sure is that cars will always be a part of my career.
MB: And finally – what is your dream car?
ZH: I’d really love to get my hands on my dad’s original HQ Holden Monaro and return it to its former glory.
Brasher then congratulated Zach on his achievement and presented the certificate He concluded: “IAG is proud to work in partnership with the National Collision Repairer on the Future Leaders of the Industry initiative, as such recognition is strongly aligned with IAG’s own values.”
On receiving his award, Zach said: “I am extremely grateful to Sheen Panel Service for all their support and also want to thank I-CAR and IAG for their support of this award.”
Editor: With such strong support from within the Sheen Group, Zach is indeed a worthy Future Leader of the Industry.