MTA Institute May 2018 Apprentice of the Month – Mark Berry
Mark Berry is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for May.
The 28-year-old second-year light vehicle apprentice works for Andrew Paterson at Countrywide Suzuki Spares & Repairs and has impressed with his commitment to and passion for the trade.
“Mark is making a consistently good effort with all his assignments,” said Andrew Bellars, Mark’s trainer. “He has a genuine passion for the work and he has the ability to contribute in the automotive industry at the highest level.”
Something of a latecomer to the industry, Mark says that it took time for him find his way to the automotive profession.
“I finished school and worked in shops to fund my part-time engineering/business degree,” he says. “After a few years of study, I realised that although I enjoyed the theory and principles of engineering, I was more excited by physically working on machinery, putting concepts and ideas into practical everyday use. I decided to follow this passion, finding casual work with a marine mechanic while searching for an adult apprenticeship in the light automotive field.
After six months of applying to every ad I saw, I received a call from Andrew at Countrywide Suzuki and have worked here ever since.”
Countrywide Suzuki offers a range of services – the business is a wrecking yard as well as a servicing and paint and panel shop – meaning that along with his training, Mark experiences a wide range of work.
“An average week might consist of a customer engine or gearbox swap, wrecking out cars for saleable parts, fixing our own sale cars, sourcing customer spares and preparing items for freight,” he says. “And I’m enjoying the large amount of practical work compared to the small amount of theory involved in completing each training module. I like knowing not only how but why a part works.”
As an Apprentice of the Month winner, Mark moves forward as a finalist for the Apprentice of the Year award that will be presented at the MTA Queensland Annual Industry Dinner on 10 November.