This month we introduce 19-year-old Jaiden Tesoriero, who has recently completed his autobody repair apprenticeship at TAFE NSW Campbelltown and is working with Monza Smash Repair in Marrickville.
Jaiden was born and raised in southwest Sydney in the Casula-Liverpool area where he went to All Saints Catholic College. Whilst still at school, Jaiden was able to do work experience at Milperra Road Smash Repairs where his dad worked as a spray painter, which is where he caught the automotive bug.
After completing year 10, at the age of 16 Jaiden just couldn’t wait to start an apprenticeship, but unfortunately Milperra Road Smash closed its doors, so both Jaiden and his dad went to work at Smash Tec in Marrickville and Jaiden went to the Campbelltown TAFE campus to learn his craft. “Although my dad is a painter, I have more of a mechanical aptitude, so autobody repair really was a more natural fit. I get such a thrill pulling apart a damaged vehicle and rebuilding it, good as new.”
When I asked if anyone in particular inspired or influenced him, Jaiden pointed to both his dad, Jason as he too has a love of the industry, and Josh Hargreaves, who gave Jaiden the first toolbox he had when he was an apprentice, and who continually guided and mentored Jaiden throughout his apprenticeship. “It was so great to have the support of my dad and also Josh, who both kept me on the right path.”
The support and guidance clearly paid off as Jaiden was the Gold Medallist at the Sydney West WorldSkills Regional competition held late last year and will now go on to represent NSW in the Nationals later this year.
During his time at TAFE, Jaiden’s Autobody Repair teacher was Dat Bui, but he also went to night classes to learn spray painting from Lifetime Achievement Inductee, Carl Tinsley, both of whom could not speak highly enough of his commitment and dedication.
“Jaiden is a highly focussed and committed individual who is determined to further develop his talent. I have no doubt he will do NSW proud at the WorldSkills Nationals in Perth. He is a real pleasure to have in the after-hours program,” said Tinsley.
Jaiden has the additional challenge of having dyslexia, although this has not deterred him in any way, due in no small part to the support of DAAWS Student Contact Officer, Michelle Sherrin at the TAFE.
“From the outset Jaiden was eager to learn and set a very high bar for himself. He was very fastidious and was not afraid to come forward and seek help when required. Over his journey his confidence has grown immensely,” added Sherrin.
Jaiden believes it is too early for him to have a long-term plan, although he is committed to further developing his skills and already has plans to undertake training in auto-electrics and mechanical repair. “I believe the more skills and abilities I have, the more likely I am to be in demand throughout my career.”
Editor: IAG’s ongoing support and sponsorship of these awards is greatly appreciated. With such a strong commitment to succeed and overcome additional challenges, Jaiden is indeed a worthy a Future Leader of the Industry.