REED LENNOX IS the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for February 2018.
The 18-year-old heavy vehicle apprentice is in his third year and has been working at T&G Spares and Repairs in Ayr, north Queensland, since 2015.
A young man who enjoys everything about his job, Reed’s enthusiastic approach to his work will see him become a tradesman before he turns 20 and he has, said his MTA Institute trainer
Neville Donaldson, been an excellent student.
“Reed is very diligent and puts in a lot of work,” said Neville.
“He’s well-liked by all the other guys he works with, and his boss Troy speaks very highly of him. He’s one of those guys who loves what he is doing and the enthusiasm and effort he puts in is proof of that.”
Working in the automotive industry is something of a tradition in Reed’s family and at aged 16, he took the opportunity of an apprenticeship with T & G Spares and Repairs after completing some work experience while at school.
“My family has always been involved in the industry – my grandparents are mechanics – and it always interested me,” said Reed.
“We have a lot of sugar cane up here, so we do a lot of work and maintenance on machinery like trucks and cane haulers and so on. And I enjoy every
part of the work and the training.”
With perhaps just another year to go before qualifying as a tradesman, Reed said he hadn’t thought too far ahead regarding where his career might lead, wanting to concentrate instead on finishing his training and getting some solid experience.
“There’s still a bit to learn and I enjoy what I am doing,” he said.
“This is what I always wanted to do and it is going well, so I’ll definitely stick around, get some experience and then see what happens.”