5 October 2017

Your chance to work on the buses

| Ian Bushnell
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Transport Canberra is giving people the opportunity to work on the buses, literally.

The call has gone out for applications from people interested in being a heavy vehicle mechanical apprentice as the agency expands and diversifies the bus fleet.

Higher Education and Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris urged anyone with a mechanical mind looking for an exciting career to apply.

“If you are interested in a career in mechanics and in supporting public transport in the ACT, the heavy vehicle apprentice program is for you,” Ms Fitzharris said.

She said Transport Canberra was looking to recruit full-time heavy vehicle apprentices and Australian School Based Apprentices (ASBA) to start in February 2018, with successful applicants studying and undertaking practical training with Canberra Institute of Technology over four years to become qualified as heavy vehicle mechanics.

Graduates receive a Certificate III in Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology.

Apprentices work on all aspects of Transport Canberra’s fleet from conducting minor servicing and repairs to taking part in completely rebuilding engines and transmissions.

“It’s never been a more exciting time to work in public transport in Canberra. Over the next four years 80 new buses are being added to our bus fleet,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“We are also currently trialling electric and hybrid buses as part of the bus fleet. While these buses are maintained externally as part of their lease the exposure to these vehicles is a valuable experience.”

Former apprentice and Transport Canberra heavy vehicle apprentice Scott Todd said: “Transport Canberra is a very good place to work, with a very supportive environment. I wouldn’t want to do an apprenticeship anywhere else.”

Transport Canberra is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and men from all Indigenous and cultural backgrounds to apply.

But people will have to be quick as applications close tomorrow at 5 pm.

For more information and to register email actionrecruitment@act.gov.au or visit www.jobs.act.gov.au or call 6207 9022.

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