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Grip : GRIP September 2011
AFTERSALES GRIP ABOUT this time school leavers are looking at what interests them, and where to pursue a career. Why not adver tise for apprentices now? Most apprentices who finish school and are looking to complete a trade have already decided what field they want to work in. Traditionally, apprentices started their trade around the age of 15 to 16 years old, but these days most apprentices have finished school, have a drivers HOw TO gET THE BEST AppRENTICE licence and are more mature when coming into the work force. Some have even completed pre- apprenticeship training. By recruiting now you will have the chance to get the best apprentices on offer that are willing and keen to start as a technician in the automotive industry. Another added benefit to recruiting early is if you apply a three month trial, this would finish around January, allowing you to re-contact other suitable applicants who might have just missed out during the interview process. At Subaru, we offer all our dealers the chance to have their apprentices trained at the Subaru Academy. The training covers the fundamentals and required units needed to be completed, but has a focus on all things Subaru and All 4 the Driver. The Subaru apprenticeship program is currently taking applications, and places are filling quickly. For more information contact the Subaru Apprenticeship Supervisor, Stephen Cain on 0412 098 311. Peter Crombie-Brown, Training Manager TOp TECHS BATTLE FOR wORLD FINAL SUBARU Australia recently hosted the national final of the 2011 Subaru World Technical Competition. Five of the network’s best technicians assembled in Parramatta, Sydney, after intensive testing and screening throughout the week. The national winner goes on to Japan to represent Australia in the global competition, which is held every couple of years. The original 250 entries have been whittled down over a number of months, using an on-line questionnaire as the first filter. The competition intensified over the nex t few months, culminating in the pressure- cooker final. Nick Senior, Managing Director of Subaru Australia, said: “I was mighty impressed with the standard of the entire competition, but most importantly with the five finalists.” They are: Michael Cooper from Suttons, Rosebery Matthew Fiorenzo from Subaru Artarmon Peter Hearne from Carlin and Gazzard, Mount Gambier Matthew Moller from Subaru Penrith, and Raj Prassad from Subaru Toowong “Congratulations to those guys for making the final,” he said. There can be only winner and our national champion and Australian representative at the global competition is Michael Cooper, from Suttons, Rosebery. Michael did a fantastic job in all five disciplines tested in the final and goes on to Japan. He also receives the inaugural Gary Matthews Trophy for the Australian winner of the Subaru World Technical Competition. Gary was our first representative at the World Technical Competition, a master tech and all-round good guy who worked for Eblens in Adelaide. Gary passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle with illness, and we’ve decided to honour his memory by striking a perpetual trophy that will be awarded to the Australian winner. We wish Michael all the best in the final. (L-R) Finalists Mathew Fiorenzo, Matthew Moller, Michael Cooper, Raj Prassad and Peter Hearne. Jo Matthews holds the Gary Matthews Trophy, with its inaugural winner, Michael Cooper. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES NEW PRODUCT - XV NEW PRODUCT - BRZ PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR SALES DEALERSHIP BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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