Ipswich local, Braiden McAlpine, has won the TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s inaugural ‘Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentice of the Year’ award for outstanding achievement in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle category, as co-sponsored by Viva Energy.
Viva Energy was invited to co-sponsor the inaugural award with HVIA as part of a new partnership with TAFE Queensland which will support training for the next generation of Australian automotive and heavy duty diesel technicians.
Braiden was selected by the judges as the apprentice that best represented the key attributes of attitude, attendance, performance and aptitude throughout his apprenticeship. In recognition of his efforts, Braiden received a $250 Shell Coles Express gift card and will also have the unique experience of spending a weekend with the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the Ipswich SuperSprint Supercars round in July 2019.
Viva Energy also supported two other categories at this year’s TAFE Queensland awards, including the Light Automotive Apprentice of the Year won by Tyson Hubber, and the Mobile Plant/Diesel Fitting Apprentice of the Year which was won by Josiah Gaul.
Through the partnership, Viva Energy will offer TAFE Queensland apprentices access to technical experts in automotive lubrication, development opportunities through formal training in the use of world-class products, and ongoing technical assistance through a field-based team of technicians.