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CVIAQ Awards night dazzles in Brisbane

Fraser Hemming, CVIAQ apprentice of the year with CVIAQ President Bob Martin and CVIAQ CEO Brett Wright.
Fraser Hemming, CVIAQ apprentice of the year with CVIAQ President Bob Martin and CVIAQ CEO Brett Wright.

MORE than 170 Commercial Vehicle Industry Associaition of Queensland members, their staff and invited guests gathered together at the Melbourne Hotel, West End earlier this month to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry's most talented apprentices at the 2014 CVIAQ Awards Night.

The event, in its format of a stand up cocktail style function, was well supported and well received by those that attended. The less formal style has ensured that tradesmen, apprentices and management all come along to support their colleagues who have been nominated for the awards.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement and presentation of the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award.

The 2014 award was won by Mr Fraser Hemming from Haulmark Trailers Australia.

Sponsors of the Awards, Mr Doug Warby from Warby Tools and Mr Craig Carmody of National Transport Insurance were on stage to present the award to the winner and to say a few words in support of the competition.

Fraser Hemming, who is due to be signed off for a Certificate 3 Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations (Bus, Truck & Trailer), was presented with a trophy, a framed Award certificate, an Apple IPad and tools to the combined value of approximately $1,600.

Wayne Duncan, Workshop Manager, Haulmark Trailers Australia, gratefully accepted the CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year perpetual trophy from Sam Savva, the 2013 Apprentice of the Year.

The perpetual trophy was introduced in 2011 for the employer to display in their office reception or foyer for the 12 months between awards.

The CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year Award is an annual award open to apprentices in the final stages of their training from the heavy vehicle repair, service and manufacturing sectors.

The award, now in its 34th year, is held in high regard by industry.


The award recipients are:

  • 2014 CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year:  Fraser Hemming - Haulmark Trailers Australia.  Certificate 3 Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations (Bus, Truck and Trailer)
  • High Achievement Award:  Joshua Brumm - MTU Detroit Diesel / TORGAS Inc,  Certificate 3 Automotive Diesel Engine Technology; James Allison - Cummins South Pacific, Certificate 3 Automotive Diesel Engine Technology; Karl Jacoby - MTU Detroit Diesel / TORGAS Inc, Certificate 3 Automotive Specialist
  • Certificate of Merit: Nathan Fogg - The Brown & Hurley Group Pty Ltd, Certificate 3 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology; Ben Snow - Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane, Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport); Luke Gray - The Brown & Hurley Group Pty Ltd, Certificate 3 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate of Recognition: Alex Patron - Brisbane Isuzu, Certificate 3 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology; Daniel Wright - Hastings Deering Australia, Certificate 3 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology; Jason Trigger - Brisbane Isuzu, Certificate 3 Automotive Electrical Technology; Aaron Wemyss - Scania Australia, Certificate 3 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology; Daniel Johnston - Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane, Certificate 3 Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport)
Bob Martin CVIAQ President, Debra Mannion, Graham Mannion and Brett Wright CVIAQ CEO.
Bob Martin CVIAQ President, Debra Mannion, Graham Mannion and Brett Wright CVIAQ CEO.

The presentation of the Award was made by CVIAQ CEO, Brett Wright.

The CVIAQ Industry Recognition Award provides recognition for excellence in performance or outstanding achievement resulting in a significant contribution to the commercial vehicle industry.

Commencing his career as a teacher/trainer in 1987, Graham was instrumental in the development and introduction of the AUM Automotive Manufacture (Bus, Truck & Trailer) training package to Queensland resulting in a significant increase of students undertaking training in the trailer and body building sector of the industry.

Graham has worked very closely with Auto Skills Australia in the further development of the Bus, Truck & Trailer training package and has provided regular feedback with the technical information being embedded into the current units of competency and qualification structure.

Graham continues to establish strong working relationships with all the employers throughout Queensland who have apprentices undertaking the Bus, Truck and Trailer training package.

He has earned industry's respect and trust that a quality training program is being delivered. 

Graham's wife, Debra, and a number of past and present SkillsTech staff attended the CVIAQ Awards Night to witness the presentation.

Big Rigs

Topics:  apprentice of the year, cviaq


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