Mechanic makes the final fold

A Mount Maunganui mechanic is one of the finalists in the nationwide 2013 MTA Apprentice of the Year competition.

Devon Hammond, 24, is the only Bay of Plenty finalist to make the cut into the national finals in Wellington on October 5.

Devon Hammond, 24, is the Bay of Plenty finalist in the MTA Apprentice of the Year competition.

The other four finalists, who will undergo four practical tests and a panel interview to decide the winner, are from Pukekohe, Invercargill and Dunedin.

Devon is surprised how far he has come after working for Steve Long Automotive at the Mount for nearly two years.

“It’s pretty good stuff, I really didn’t expect to get this far,” says Devon.

Automotive shop owner Steve Long says Devon is a valued member of the team.

“He is one of the best, I was quite confident he was going to be nominated.”

The process to get through to the final four was tough, says Devon.

“They had to sign off all my bookwork and see how many re-sits I had taken. Luckily it was only a handful.”

The apprentice of the year awards have been a long running competition, designed to recognise the skills and potential talent of young automotive apprentices.

Having already received more than $1000 worth of prizes for qualifying as a finalist, Devon now has the opportunity to win an extra $3500, as well as flights to Sydney where he will get hands on experience with a V8 racing team if awarded Apprentice of the Year title.

The award ceremony will take place on October 19 at MTA getaway in the Bay of Islands.


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