Francois Welman is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for March. The 22-year-old has just completed his light vehicle apprenticeship with Bridgestone Select Tyre & Auto in Toowoomba and has been recognised for his passion for the trade, his dedication and his skills development.
Having started his training with other apprenticeship training providers, Francois switched to the MTA Institute in his third year.
“Francios came over and we pushed him pretty hard to complete,” said David Twidale, his MTA Institute trainer. “And his attitude was excellent. The effort he put in to get over the line was tremendous.
“I really like his diagnostic ability and he really wants to test things and find out what has gone wrong – I like his tenacity. He is very deserving of the award.”
Francois began his automotive career with a spell of work experience at Highfields Mechanical, near Toowoomba. He moved on to Bridgestone after a couple of years and has flourished there, enjoying the diverse job requirements.
“My role in the workshop has changed a lot since I came here,” said Francois. “I was just a technician, but now, while I still do that work, I am answering phones, making sales, talking to customers. It’s a lot more customer oriented.
“I take a lot of pride in my work. I enjoy working with customers and I wouldn’t let a job go out if I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with it.”
Now qualified, Francois said he had plans for his career, though he hoped to stay with Bridgestone for some time yet.
“My dream is to one day open my own workshop with my father,” he said. “He’s a great organiser and I believe we would make a good team!”