Apprentice of the Month, January 2020, Anthony Crouch

Anthony crouch is the Apprentice of the Month for January 2020.

The 17-year-old light vehicle apprentice at Lockyer Valley Ford and Mitsubishi in Gatton is just about to start his third year of training and the teenager’s passion for cars has, his trainer Colin Crawford said, made him an excellent apprentice.

“Anthony is an outstanding student both academically and technically. Out of all of my students, he would be the most passionate about his trade,” said Colin. “Even his spare time is consumed with working on cars and equipment. He epitomises what a tradesman should be.”

Starting a school-based apprenticeship in Year 10 means Anthony is cracking along and will likely be a tradesman by the age of 19. While many young people in Year 10 are wondering what they want to do with their lives, for Anthony there was never a question that a career in automotive was where he was headed.

“I have always been interested in cars,” he said. “My stepdad owned this business when it was called Carpenter Ford and working in automotive was 100 per cent where I wanted to go.

“I started here when I was in year 10 and did two days a week through years 10, 11 and 12 before coming on full time when school finished.”

There’s plenty of work to be done at the Ford and Mitsubishi dealership and Anthony likes to get stuck in to whatever comes through the doors.

“I work on anything from servicing to replacement engines . . . a bit of everything. And I really enjoy it, it is awesome. Whatever is happening and needs doing is fine with me – it’s all about learning.”

This passion for working on cars doesn’t stop at the dealership shop doors. Waiting at home there is more ‘work’ to de done on a tidy collection of Fords.

“I have an XR6 ute and a 2010 FG, but I am working on restoring a 1961 Falcon. Every day when I get home I start working on that!”

Anthony said that the MTA Institute delivery of on-site training worked really well for him but when he does finish his apprenticeship, the training won’t stop. As with all major manufacturers, Ford offers the chance for its technicians to get advanced training on its products.

“Training and learning is important and I’ll look to work towards becoming a Ford Master Technician,” said Anthony. “I’m a Ford boy at heart.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (March 2020)

11 March 2020