Logan’s father has been driving trucks for as long as he can remember, and his brother completed an apprenticeship in earthmoving. Now Logan works at the Nelson branch of Truck Stops, a major player in New Zealand’s trucking and transport industry.

Logan says he’s discovered a job that suits him perfectly, and he says it’s all thanks to MITO’s StartUp programme. He heard about the work experience opportunity through his careers advisor at Garin College, and once a week during Year 13, he spent five hours working at Truck Stops. It wasn’t long before he was hooked, and a few months later, he was offered the apprenticeship.

“I’ve always been interested in engines, especially heavy mechanical,” he says, “and I have been doing hands-on stuff here right from the start, which I really enjoy. The guys at work have given me lots of support; they are positive, encouraging and helpful.”

He is now studying for his National Certificate in Motor Industry (Heavy Automotive) Road Transport, and with opportunities to work on vehicles as diverse as fuel tankers, trailers, and motor homes, Logan has plenty of variety in his work!

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