Scania has announced that its 2023 apprentice intake search is underway and the Swedish brand has shown over the years that it is one of the most diligent when it comes to recruiting and training technicians and other skilled trades across the gamut of heavy commercial vehicles.
Scania says that whether you want to be on-the-tools in the workshop, or marshalling parts to feed to technicians, it offers what it describes as world-class apprenticeships in Australia, that it says will lead to a rewarding life-long career working with the most advanced trucks and buses available.
The apprentices are employed directly by Scania at one of its nine capital city branches, and work with ‘state-of-the-art’ technology in heavy trucks, buses, and engines, using factory-provided computerised diagnostic systems to ensure efficient, reliable performance.
Scania says its company-owned workshops use the latest technology and are already transitioning towards a battery-electric driven vehicle future.
“Over four years, apprentices will complete industry-accredited training in association with TAFEs, comprising on-the-job mentoring, factory-supplied guided learning, as well as face-to-face training at Scania’s Dealer Support Centre in Melbourne,” Scania said in its release.
“Apprentices may also join the Scania global Top Team workshop competition which takes place every two years and in which Australia has been a regular global winner and finalist,” it added.
The company said that its earn-while-you-learn approach pays above award wages, with flexible working arrangements, and apprentices can accelerate their learning to gain qualification in under four years.
Scania says that once qualified with a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31120) or Certificate III Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30320), there are multiple career paths to follow within Scania, both in Australia and within its global network.
The company emphasised that a Scania apprentice becomes a member of the 50,000-strong global Scania family, backed by the Traton Group, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.
Third-year apprentice Max Davies, based at Scania’s Campbellfield branch in Melbourne says the process for him has so far has been smooth sailing.
“You’re treated like a real person, and you are learning all the time, gaining experience all the way. The sense of teamwork in the workshop is very strong, and the qualified technicians go out of their way to help you out,” he said.
“I was attracted to Scania because of the level of innovation in the trucks and I am looking forward to working with Scania’s hybrid and EV powertrains when I qualify,” Max said.
In Sydney at Scania’s brand-new Eastern Creek workshop, Justin Quach is also in his third year and said he came to Scania with no diesel engine knowledge, but nevertheless was keen to become a technician.
“It has been very enjoyable working at Scania. They want you to be hands-on as soon as possible and there is a good deal of mentoring. Even the boss comes to check on how I am doing.
“We have a small team at this workshop, and we all get on well. You are expected to get your hands dirty. I was doing services at the end of the first year, and my biggest job so far has been rebuilding a gearbox by myself,” Justin said.
“Our apprentices are some of our most highly-prized assets,” says Manfred Streit, Scania Australia’s newly appointed managing director.
“We’re nurturing the next generation of technicians who will play a critical part in our industry’s technology transformation as we journey to a Zero Emissions future for our trucks, buses, and marine and industrial engines and gensets.”
Scania is seeking more than 20 apprentices for its 2023 intake.
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