Apprentice of the Month January 2019 – Kade Hutchinson

Kade Hutchinson is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for January 2019.

The 18-year-old light vehicle apprentice is already in the fourth year of his training after leaving school at 16 to take on the position at Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop in Wacol, Brisbane.

He has proven to be an enthusiastic employee with a fantastic work ethic.

“Kade is an exceptional apprentice,” said Keith Minchin, Kade’s MTA Institute trainer. “He is well-respected by his employer and colleagues, and his quality of work has always been exceptional.

“His ability to understand and apply technical concepts is very good, he demonstrates the ability to work autonomously, and he communicates effectively with colleagues. I believe that he is an exceptional student with a promising future in the industry.”

The origin of Kade’s interest in automotive is easy to track down.

“My grandfather was a mechanic, and he taught my dad everything he knew” he said. “Although my dad wasn’t actually a trade qualified mechanic, he learned pretty much everything he could from my grandfather, and I ended being on the tools helping him around the shed.

“I heard some great stories – including one time my grandfather took a Holden Grey motor and built it to run a 12-second quarter mile! He was always tinkering!”

Kade said he was enjoying the work at Noel’s Progress Road Pitstop, which includes general servicing work as well as work on tyres and wheel, and when he completes his apprenticeship, further training is on the cards.

“There is a lot of variety in the work that comes in,” he said. “And I am enjoying every part of it.

“I’m still kind of feeling things out about the future but I might take on another apprenticeship – maybe diesel fitting. It’s important to keep training.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (March 2019 edition)

8 Mar 2019