Norton is proud to announce their latest initiative, the PREP IT! Apprentice Competition, which is designed to encourage, support and engage with the next generation of automotive talent and be part of their learning journey, both in the workshop and at TAFE college.
PREP IT! aims to showcase the skills that apprentices learn in perfect preparation, using sanding techniques such as manual blocking, machine sanding, wet sanding and de-nibbing and polishing. The competition requires the apprentice to show their preparation skills and knowledge in any process step (or combination), from bare metal through to final defect removal and polishing of paint work, using a Norton Abrasives product.
Each month Saint-Gobain will judge the best entry and four runners up entries:
1st place monthly prize – $200 voucher
4 x runners up will each receive a $50 voucher.
At the end of the year all entries received will go into the major prize draw:
1st place – $2,000 voucher
2nd place – $500 voucher
3rd place – $250 voucher.
According to Michelle Morgan, Business Development Manager Saint-Gobain, who began her career in the industry at the RACV Accident Repair Centre and went on to take up a spray-painting apprenticeship at Kangan Institute: “We are so thrilled to launch this initiative in the collision repair industry. Not only does it showcase the wealth of young talent in the industry, but it also aims to illustrate the extensive range of Norton products available for use in all repair processes.”
The competition runs from February to December 2021, with entries closing the 28th day of each month.
Saint-Gobain is a global company with 355 years industrial experience. The company employs over 170,000 staff, and the Abrasives Division is top 3 in the market segments in which they operate. Saint Gobain has been awarded the Top Employer Global certificate for the sixth consecutive year by Top Employers Institute, one of only 16 organisations in the world to receive this distinction.
The decades of innovation, product development and investment in the Norton brand have placed Saint-Gobain as a leader of the industry, a position established through reliability, consistency and quality. In addition, their support, training and technical expertise complement the product quality and their focus on the value-added approach across the industry.
Norton is the world’s leading abrasive brand and has the most comprehensive abrasive range in the Pacific region. Their products have been developed by innovation through global R&D and can be relied upon to perform safely in several industries, such as manufacturing, mining, rail, automotive aftermarket, marine and even the serious DIY sector.
Editor: What a tremendous initiative. It’s so great to see industry leaders stepping up to the plate to create interest in our trades and recognising the talent of the next generation of technicians.