MTAI apprentice wins scholarship to advance industry knowledge and skill

Fourth year MTA Institute heavy vehicle apprentice, Kale Marsh, received a unique opportunity to fast-track his development in the industry recently after being named a recipient of the 2019 Cummins Technology and Maintenance Conference Scholarship. 

As part of the scholarship, Marsh, a Maryborough local who is currently completing his apprenticeship with Richers Transport in Maryborough, travelled to Melbourne to rub shoulders with industry experts at the 2019 Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC). 

Marsh was one of just three apprentices from around the country to receive the scholarship from the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), a sound reward for four-years of dedication to excellence in the field. 

Over the course of the three-day conference, Marsh got the opportunity to attend pre-conference social events, a pre-conference tour of the Cummins Melbourne facility and received a merchandise pack courtesy of Cummins. He was also assigned an experienced industry mentor to shadow for the duration of the conference to assist him in making the most of the conference experience. 

MTA Institute trainer Terry Palfrey has known Marsh since he began his apprenticeship and says this award is well deserved. 

“I am really pleased to see Kale receive this award,” said Palfrey. 

“He is a hard worker and an extremely good mechanic so to see him recognised for this is a fantastic achievement.” 

Marsh, who has long held a passion for trucks, joined the Richer’s family at just 15 years of age, and has grown from strength to strength during his time there according to his foreman, Hayden Burton. 

“Kale is a very enthusiastic and capable mechanic,” said Burton. 

“He has always had a thirst for knowledge and loves to fault find and repair any truck he can get his hands on. 

“With Kales experience he has been a great mentor to our junior apprentices.” 

The TMC is the biggest annual event in Australia focusing on heavy vehicle maintenance and technical issues, with high level technical sessions, compliance forums and product training workshops. Bringing the heavy vehicle industry together for three-days of interactive learning, the 2019 TMC provided a fantastic experience for Marsh to learn from industry leaders, meet suppliers and experience the latest technological advancements. 

Speaking following the announcement of the scholarship recipients, ATA CEO Ben Maguire said, “Thanks to Cummins, our three young apprentices will be given the experience and the tools needed to build their knowledge of the industry and develop practical skills.” 

30 Oct 2019