Zachariah Williams-Hook is the Apprentice of the Month for August. The 28-year-old, 3rd-year panel beating apprentice works for Nick Contarino at Exclusive Auto Centre in Brisbane. Already qualified as a sheet metal worker, Zac made the decision three years ago to move to another trade.
“I always wanted to expand my skills levels and when I came for an interview with Nick, he really convinced me that I could do that here,” he said. “And that is exactly what I am doing,” .
It is little wonder, as Exclusive works on exactly the kind of vehicles that the name implies – exclusive vehicles. With Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other high-end cars all part of a day’s work, the requirement for employees with top-notch skill sets is clear, as is a steady hand and nerves of steel.
“I do have some transferable skills – we shape panels and fabricate some elements – so my other trade does come in handy,” said Zac. “And we work on some very unique new cars. There’s a lot of money being thrown around and quite early on I was working on the restoration of a Ferrari Dino – I was a bit nervous doing that!”
With a terrific work ethic and an enthusiasm to learn, Zac has impressed his MTA Institute trainer, Alfio Rotolone, who said Zac has proven to be one of his most outstanding students.
“He is extremely hard working and always shows initiative,” said Alfio. “He has amazing attention to detail, great patience, and an awesome scope of problem-solving techniques. And he’s always eager to take on something new. He’s a credit to himself and his employer.”
A worthy Apprentice of the Month winner, Zac shows no sign of resting on his laurels. “I want to continue learning, and keep improving,” he said. “And I am in the right place to do that. There’s so much going on in the industry and they are really supportive here – it’s a great place to work.”
04 Sep 2018