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Inductions postponed but not forgotten

As we continue the race towards easing the COVID-19-related, government-imposed restrictions, we decided it was timely to reconnect with three of our Future Leaders of the Industry from earlier in the year who have yet to be formally inducted.

Daniel Benea, Business Performance Manager at Repairhub, Banyo, actually had his induction presentation postponed as Brisbane went into to snap lockdown just prior to Easter. Daniel works closely with several others to ensure the business is as effective and efficient as possible, is quick to show initiative and is the kind of cool-headed, affable leader who brings his best each and every day. It’s not surprising that Daniel has an ambition to one day become operations manager, although this is his longer-term plan as right now it’s all about consolidating his skills in his current position. “I just love working with the team at Repairhub and being part of such a great organisation. I can’t speak highly enough of the support and guidance I’ve received from the directors and other leaders in the organisation.”

Stephanie Wilk joined CAPITAL S.M.A.R.T’s Ingleburn facility in NSW and went on to their Repairs Apprentice Academy at Riverwood, trained at Ultimo TAFE and is now a qualified spray painter. She also won the Sydney Regional WorldSkills Gold Medal in autobody refinishing. Her passion for art and creativity raised her initial interest in spray painting and when she saw how a spray painter can transform a car, she was hooked. Sammy O’Connell, HR Business Partner at Capital S.M.A.R.T has been following Stephanie’s development and watched her hold her own amongst some great painters in the business. Looking ahead, Stephanie has an ambition to one day move into a role where she can help others in the trade and share her own experiences. However, in the short term it’s all about being the best spray painter she can be.

Lachlan Cheney is a second year autobody repair apprentice with Sheen Panel Service in Glen Waverley and a student at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence, where he found that, as part of the Sheen apprenticeship program, he was able to attend Sheen-specific classes at the TAFE. He says the program is great because he also gets to do a bit of fabricating, which really helps to develop his fundamental skills. At the Kangan Institute’s 2021 Industry Excellence Awards in February this year, Lachlan was awarded the Sheen Group Body Repair Apprentice of the Year. He is highly complimentary of Sheen Panel Service: “The work environment is really great as all the apprentices receive strong support from the more experienced staff. It’s fantastic to be part of the Sheen Team.”

In summary, we are once again thrilled to have these three young talented technicians in our industry, and we have every confidence they all have a bright future ahead. We look forward to the time when we can formally induct each of them into the program.

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