David Nahow is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for May 2017.

The 20-year-old Automotive Refinishing apprentice has just begun his fourth year of training and has been working at Bill Dingle Smash Repairs in Ayr, south of Townsville, for three years.

David Nahow is the MTA Queensland Apprentice of the Month for May 2017.

Working with MTA Institute trainer Shane Palmer, and under the guidance of business owner Paul Dabelstein, David has impressed with his enthusiasm and drive as well as the quality of his work.

“David is very efficient, keen to learn and his work ethic is excellent,” said Shane. “And he is doing tradesman-quality work. He really is at that level.

“Part of the reason for that is the people he works with – the quality of the tradespeople there is very high and that does rub off on an apprentice. There’s a lot of talent in that workshop and David’s progress has been remarkable.”

David started work in the industry straight out of school, landing an apprenticeship with long-established Bill Dingle Smash Repairs after completing a week of work experience.

“I really enjoyed that first week, and I have enjoyed it ever since,” he said. “I work on everything from prep to the finished product and the satisfaction I get from doing a job well and seeing a perfect finish, or learning what I can do better, is great. The training with Shane is great and going well and Paul is a big part of that too.”

“David is just a natural,” said Paul. “His prep work is spot on and he is doing tradesmen-level work and has been for months. We have put on a lot of apprentices over the years and he is up there with the best. We were all rapt here that he won the Apprentice of the Month award – it really is well-deserved.”

With just a year to go before qualifying as a tradesman, and working at a business that is clearly a terrific place to learn and work, David’s hope is to stay on at Bill Dingle Smash Repairs and establish a career in the industry.

“It is a great place to be and I’d like to stay,” he said. “I love it here.”