Joel Travers is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for December.
The 21-year-old automotive refinishing technology apprentice is in his third year of training and has been working at Extreme Dents in Geebung since 2015.
An enthusiastic apprentice, Joel’s success is a direct result of his conscientious approach to both training and work.
“Joel is well-mannered, interested, has a mature outlook and always has questions,” said Scott Gehrke, Joel’s MTA Institute trainer. “He wants to learn, wants to succeed and is proud of the work he is doing.”
Always interested in the automotive industry, Joel started his career by completing an automotive pre-apprenticeship course.
“I’ve always liked cars, and when I left school I did a Cert II course for mechanics,” he said. “However, I didn’t feel that area was for me. I never had it in mind to be a panel beater but I seem to be good at it and really enjoy it!”
Joel works with a team of seven at the Extreme Dents Geebung shop, one of several that the company operates across Queensland and Victoria. And he has reached a level of skill that he works on pretty much everything that comes in for repair and has even been sent to Melbourne to work in the shops there.
An outstanding Apprentice of the Month recipient – an accolade that puts him in the running for the Apprentice of the Year award to be announced at the end of this year – the award did come as a surprise to Joel.
“It was unexpected,” he said. “I’ve just been working hard and trying to do well. It is very exciting.”
With perhaps another 18 months until he completes his apprenticeship, Joel said he was looking forward to qualifying and continuing his career with Extreme Dents.
“My main goal is to finish my apprenticeship as early as possible and I am working hard to do that,” he said. “Then I’ll stick with Extreme Dents for a few years. I really appreciate the company, so I give them 100 per cent.”