Fourth year Light Vehicle and Panel Beating Automotive ATQ Apprentice Corby Marshall, was given the opportunity of a lifetime scoring a work experience placement with Triple Eight Racing Team.
Corby was given the opportunity when he nominated as MTA Institute Apprentice of the Year after winning the April 2017 Apprentice of the Month due to his outstanding drive and commitment.
It’s not everyday the prestigious Triple Eight Racing Team allows apprentices into their workshop. Known for their meticulous attention to detail, high pressure and high performance environment Corby had to prove himself immediately in order to get some hands on time on the V8’s. Corby being Corby took the opportunity and hit the ground running.
“I’ve learnt heaps of great facts and insights into the how the team operates, and it’s been amazing being given jobs that actually help the crew. The work is very different from my day-to-day job and I’ve seen and done heaps of cool things including assisting in making custom LED lights for Jamie Whincup’s car and working with fibreglass. These things are worlds away from my normal job, pulling apart and repairing smashed cars for customers.”
Corby found himself in the thick of the action and experiencing first hand, the effort and skills that go into prepping a crew for an elite motorsport event. His placement, taking place the immediate weeks before the first supercar race of the season (Adelaide 500) meant the headquarters was a hive of activity and the frenzied atmosphere was palpable.
“I’ve always had an interest in motorsport – I love everything about it, but I never thought panel beating could lead into it. This work experience has been quite eye-opening being able to see the different roles and opportunities available. There’s a whole range of skills and expertise from all sectors of automotive needed and if I could, I’d love to do something like this for a career.”
Corby’s advice to future apprentices offered this opportunity is simple. “Work as hard as you can and enjoy it. Opportunities like this don’t come around often so make the most of it!”