September 2017 MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month

Shandyn Kronk is the MTA Institute Apprentice of the Month for September.

The 19-year-old has been working for Mackay Transit Coaches in Mackay for three years and has impressed with his work ethic, skills and willingness to learn.

“He does everything well,” said Neville Donaldson, Shandyn’s MTA Institute Trainer. “He’s popular in the workplace, puts in plenty of effort and goes above and beyond in his work.”

Shandyn’s career with Mackay Transit Coaches started with a two-week work experience placement while at school. It was just the thing he was looking for because of the work the company does – they have 70 coaches and run school bus, urban bus and charter coach work.

“What attracted me was the range of different things you can work on and I thought the bigger machines were really cool and interesting,” said Shandyn. “I did some school-based work there and they ended up offering me a job. It has turned out well – it’s a really great place to work.”

Shandyn added that he enjoys a challenge. And there are plenty of those at Mackay Tranist Coaches.

“We do everything from servicing to rebuilding engines, electrical work, pneumatics, bodywork, paint – Shandyn is certainly learning a great range of skills.” said Shandyn’s supervisor, Michael Horder.

“And he is a great kid. He has bucketloads of confidence and common sense, and he pays attention so you don’t have to worry about what he’s doing. He’s not afraid to have a go but will always clarify what needs doing if he does get into a spot where he is unsure. And that’s what you want – you want your apprentice to have a bit of courage to have a go.

“He’s a great kid, a real credit to his parents, and we’re very proud that he has won Apprentice of the Month award.”