Dusty acknowledged as Outstanding Apprentice

Dusty Austin from Top Two Motorcycles in Warwick successfully completed his Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology through MTA Institute in November 2018. Aged almost 29 at completion, Dusty began his apprenticeship as a mature-aged student having previously worked as a farm hand.

“I had a real passion for motorbikes so once I matured a little bit, I decided it was time to earn some money and establish myself a bit more. Starting a motorcycle apprenticeship was a no-brainer for me and I absolutely love the work.”

And Dusty certainly proved himself over the four-year qualification with MTA Institute senior trainer Zak Zuiderduin and employer, Top Two Motorcycles, taking notice of his exceptional work ethic and jointly nominating him for the Ulysses Club 2018 Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year for the NT/QLD region.

The Ulysses Club Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year was established by the Ulysses Club – a motorcycle club where riding is about the journey, not just the destination. And the award came about when the club became concerned that not enough young people were entering the trade. A fantastic initiative, the Ulysses Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year award recognises the success and hard work of fourth-year motorcycle mechanical apprentices who are dedicated to their job and have a high-standard of training and operating. It also promotes and enhances the motorcycle trade environment within Australia and the importance of receiving a high level of training.

“Dusty has always shown a passion for the trade and he goes above and beyond,” said Zak.

“He always engages and, in the workshop, Dusty displays skills beyond that of most tradespeople, completing tasks methodically and carefully.

“It was an absolute pleasure to nominate him for the Ulysses Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year and it was a real treat watching someone with his passion and skills work their way through their qualification.”

Although Dusty placed second in the award as the competition was very high, he was honoured to be nominated and recognised for his effort.

“It was a real privilege to be nominated,” said Dusty.

“Zak runs a fairly tight ship and has high standards and expectations for his apprentices, so it meant a lot to be nominated by him and my workplace, Top Two Motorcycles.

“Although I’m now qualified, I definitely want to keep learning and working at Top Two Motorcycles.

“I’m currently refining my skills and will continue to push on with my Honda Certified Technician Training.”

And that’s not all, as well as his passion for tinkering with the mechanical aspects of bikes, Dusty is also a keen rider and owns and rides several bikes, including a Yamaha Ténéré and a KTM300.

“Throughout my apprenticeship and day-to-day work, one of the most rewarding aspects for me is the technical diagnostic elements.

“I love nutting stuff out and absolutely do all my own work on my bikes. It’s great to mix the skills I’ve picked up professionally, with riding, which I do for pleasure.”

The MTA Institute congratulates Dusty for the nomination and for placing second in the Ulysses Club Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year award. With his work ethic and dedication, Dusty can certainly look forward to a bright and successful future.

Find out more about Top Two Motorcycles here – http://www.toptwomotorcycles.com.au/

Find out more about the Ulysses Club here – https://www.ulyssesclub.org/

7 Dec 2018