Thornlands mechanic who won apprentice of the year award will spend time with Shell V-Power Racing Team

THORNLANDS apprentice Tyson Huber will spend a weekend with the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the Ipswich SuperSprint Supercars round next July after winning the Light Automotive Apprentice of the Year Award.

TOP APPRENTICE: Tyson Huber will get to spend time with a car racing team after his TAFE win.

TOP APPRENTICE: Tyson Huber will get to spend time with a car racing team after his TAFE win.

He won the gong at the first annual TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Apprentice Awards Night.

The apprentice awards night celebrates training excellence and the achievement of future tradespeople across 13 unique award categories.

Tyson, a light automotive apprentice who is employed at Zupps Mt Gravatt Peugeot, said winning an award was a dream come true.

“I started at TAFE Queensland-SkillsTech at Acacia Ridge in 2015 and it has been a long hall but always enjoyable,” he said.

“The teachers there are great and the learning facilities are awesome.”

The award was sponsored by Viva Energy.

Tyson received a $250 Shell Coles Gift Card and will spend a weekend with the Shell V-Power Racing Team at the Ipswich SuperSprint Supercars round next July.

He will be accompanied by Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentice of the Year Braiden McAlpine.

Tyson’s TAFE Queensland teacher and trades mentor Mark Booker said Tyson’s leadership qualities had seen him thrive in team environments.

“Tyson goes above and beyond to assist others which is one of his many admirable qualities,” Mr Booker said.

“Tyson has demonstrated a desire to learn, researching topics in his own time and proactively engaging in discussions with staff.

“His achievements and reputation here on campus have seen Tyson be selected for the Race Ya Mate drag car project in 2018 where he was a valued member of the team.”

SkillsTech acting general manager John Tucker said the apprentices were recognised for their technical skill, commitment to quality work, communication skills and industry knowledge.

“Many of the young achievers recognised will go on to become the future leaders in their own industries and will help to build a stronger skilled workforce creating more jobs and opportunities for future generations,” Mr

Tucker said.