Mature age apprentice and family man, Michael Momo has come a long way since moving to Australia at the end of 2012.
The former Papua New Guinea resident is well on the way to achieving his lifelong ambition of becoming a heavy vehicle mechanic. Soon after gaining his citizenship Michael undertook six months prevocational training at TAFE before landing a job as a Trade’s Assistant (TA) with Eagle Farm based company Greyhound Australia.
After commencing in June 2013, Michael’s career took a major leap forward last year when he approached his supervisor seeking an opportunity to take on an apprenticeship.
Greyhound Learning and Development Advisor, Alyssa Greenstreet said there were processes in place to go through before an apprenticeship could be set up.
“Greyhound in the past has not had the capacity to train or employ apprentices and an approvals process was undertaken before an apprenticeship could be set up. We approached BUSY At Work and received great assistance from the Industry Training Consultant, Emma Dickson, who really helped to make it happen,” Ms Greenstreet said.
After working just 12 months as a TA, Michael signed up for his Certificate III Mechanical – Heavy Vehicle in June last year and continues to be a great contributor to the workshop team.
Michael said his apprenticeship had been a big learning curve and he was enjoying working on the big bus and truck motors.
“Ever since I came to Australia three years ago my dream was always to become a heavy vehicle mechanic. I am grateful that Greyhound has given me this opportunity and for the mentoring support I have received from BUSY At Work and the tradesmen here at the workshop.”
Last year Michael spent time with Greyhound in Mackay learning about their heavy equipment at local mine sites as well as carrying out breakdown maintenance.
“I hope in the future when I’m qualified that I might be able to experience more of Australia by working in other workshops around the country,” Michael said.
Michael credits his interest in heavy vehicle mechanics to his parents who owned a bus tourism business in Papua New Guinea.
“My brother used to do maintenance on the buses so I got to learn from him and tinker on the big motors,” Michael said.
Michael’s supervisor, Brad Denny said Michael had shown great dedication and a positive attitude during his time with the company.
“Michael has fitted in very well with the team and is always keen to learn from the other tradesmen in the workshop. He regularly askes questions and is keen to improve his knowledge and skills and will be a great asset to the company in the future,” Mr Denny said.
BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said Michael had set a great example for other mature aged people wanting to secure their dream job through an apprenticeship.
“Through the support of companies like Greyhound and BUSY At Work, we have witnessed a fantastic result for Michael. His commitment and dedication has set a great example and smoothed the path for others wanting to follow in his footsteps,” Mr Miles said.