Corby Marshall is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for April.
The 21-year-old, 4th-year Panel Beating apprentice has been with ACM Autobody for three years and he has become a trusted member of the ACM team.
According to his manager Daryn Foster, Corby delivers quality work at tradesman level, excels at problem solving, and has a work ethic that sees him put in extra hours to finish jobs and learn new skills.
“Corby performs well with the team in a very demanding environment,” said Daryn. “He plans and executes his work to achieve the right result and is very reliable and trustworthy.
“He has been trusted to open up and move all vehicles to their next station every morning; he cleans the workshop, empties the bins, does what he is asked and does it well. He also has the best attendance record of our 12 staff members which, embarrassingly, includes myself!
“He is also trusted to work on late model prestige vehicles where quality is paramount, and he has recently taken the initiative to learn paintless dent repair.”
Interested in cars since he was a kid, Corby was considering the mechanical trade before moving into panel beating.
“I was looking at doing a mechanical apprenticeship but when this opportunity came I jumped at the chance,” he said. “I am really enjoying it. I’m involved in everything and It is very satisfying to see a job finished well and see customers happy to get their car back.”
While training in paintless dent repair (PDR) is, perhaps, a natural progression for a panel beater, Corby’s interest stems from an unfortunate incident involving his father.
“My dad had a brand-new car and was caught in a hail storm and I was impressed with how quickly the PDR company was able to turnaround the car without paint or bog,” he said. “It is a bit of an art form and I have been practising, though I don’t have all the tools yet.”
It’s initiative like this that sets Corby apart, said Warren Archer, Corby’s MTA Institute trainer.
“He is a terrific student,” he said. “He is very motivated and the work he is doing is as good as any tradesman. If you were looking for someone to work for you, you would definitely say, ‘Yep, He could work for me’.”
“I have watched him evolve from a first-year apprentice into a man who I am confident will be an excellent tradesman,” added Daryn. “We could not have wished for a better apprentice.”