BTS21: Isuzu supports National Apprentice Challenge

Teams will go head to head to solve pre-programmed faults in identical GXD 165-350 models

BTS21: Isuzu supports National Apprentice Challenge
One of two GXD 165-350s from Isuzu’s FX Series line-up set up for the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge at the Brisbane Truck Show.


Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) is supplying two new GXD 165-350 from Isuzu’s FX Series line-up for the duration of the 2021 Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Apprentice Challenge at the Brisbane Truck Show.

Organised by the HVIA, the National Apprentice Challenge is lauded for attracting mechanical apprentices from all over Australia to compete in a staged competition held as part of the biennial Brisbane Truck Show. In 2019, the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge attracted over 70 competitors nation-wide.

In the upcoming 2021 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, contestants will be working under the pressure of a ticking clock, as they compete to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults on the two Isuzu GXD 165-350s.

For the first time, the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge will be held at Brisbane’s Southbank Piazza. The competition starts on Thursday, May 13, running through to Sunday, May 16 where the final two teams will battle it out for top prize.

Isuzu says encouraging the next generation of skilled workers is a top priority.

IAL national service manager Brett Stewart says the National Apprentice Challenge presented an exciting opportunity for emerging talent in the industry to showcase their skills.

"Isuzu Trucks is happy to contribute through the supply of brand-new product for the competing teams to work on throughout the duration of the competition.

"As the top truck brand in the country, we are invested in the growth of Australia’s automotive industry and are proud to support the cream of the crop of Australia’s emerging technical skills talent.

"The competition serves to highlight the automotive service industry as an exciting career choice for the nation’s best and brightest," Stewart says.

All initial nominees for the competition were required to undergo a two-hour online test, set and graded by TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.

From there, two apprentices with the highest score from each region were selected to form three competing teams: the Eastern Region team comprising apprentices from Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory; the Southern Region team representing Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia; and the North-Western Region team from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Winners will receive prize packages including hosted trips to the 2021 Supercars Gold Coast 600 event and tool prizes courtesy of Warby Tools.

"This is an important competition, coinciding with our industry’s most prestigious event in the Brisbane Truck Show, and Isuzu Trucks are extremely pleased to be in a position to lend our support," Stewart says.

For further details about the 2021 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, visit the Brisbane Truck Show website.


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