Scott Beadel is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for April 2018.
The 23-year-old fourth-year light vehicle apprentice has been working at Leda Mechanical Repairs for just over two years and Scott received the award in recognition of a terrific work ethic, excellent skills and an enthusiasm to learn that saw him overcome a few hurdles to be within striking distance of completing his apprenticeship.
An early starter, Scott was just 13 when he began working weekends at his uncle’s wrecking yard and he has been involved in the industry ever since, completing a TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) through his school and going on to work at a range of businesses on a variety of vehicles – from Jeeps to Skylines to Ferraris – where he picked up knowledge in the use of the latest diagnostic and computer equipment. It’s experience that helped him land the job with Leda Mechanical after struggling to find the time to dedicate to his apprenticeship training.
“Doing the training was difficult at my previous employer,” said Scott. “I wasn’t given the time and was there for nine months and completed just one module. It was difficult.
“It is so much better where I am now. My boss, Garry, has been working in the trade for 50 years, has an unbelievable amount of knowledge, and has all the time in the world to show me how things are done and explain things to me if needed. There’s just the two of us and we work really well as a team.”
At Leda Mechanical, the skills Scott picked up over the past few years are extremely useful as a wide variety of vehicles come through the workshop door. And they are skills he plans to develop further as he looks to the future.
“I really enjoy the diagnosis and electrical side of the trade, and I would like to get my auto-electrical qualification,” he said. “And I do want to have my own business at some point, which is why I am striving to learn as much as I can.”