Training the next generation

A vision to see more trained people in the heavy transport repairs industry in the coming years has led to a highly successful annual apprenticeship programme. Now in its second year, Transport Repairs is training the next generation of apprentices on the ins and outs of its specialised trade in the transport industry.

Transport Repairs Limited (TRL) is a specialist transport repair company. It is a joint venture partnership with Dynes Transport, part of the HWR Group.

Managers at TRL feel it is important to provide a professional duty of care and not drop brand new staff into the TRL environment without first understanding more about the company. The company sets high standards for staff and managers and, as such, it wants apprentices to arrive at the workplace with more than a set of overalls and boots.

At TRL’s purpose-built training facility in Gore, apprentices undergo a week-long induction course to introduce them to the TRL culture and history, health and safety basics, workshop fundamentals, Paccar Dealership and how TRL runs as a business. This is led by Training Manager Andy Reid, who has developed a world class programme of training and development, supported by TRL’s partners at Southpac, Paccar and Cummins. The programme also included training from experienced staff on the Southpac dealership and background to how warranties and technical support works. Apprentices also take the time to explore Bill Richardson Transport World museum in Invercargill, part of HWR’s tourism division.

Apprentices then begin their training in one of TRL’s eight South Island branches. Staff are selected to go into either Heavy Automotive Engineering (Road Transport), Engineering Fabrication (Steel Construction) or Automotive Electrical. There is ongoing support from the Otago Polytechnic, which was selected as the Transport Repairs Apprenticeship training partner.