26 August 2014

[Featured in Australian Automotive]

Warren Wu with his glass trophyBMW Group Australia recently announced its Apprentice of the Year winners for 2013 at a ceremony at the Mantra Legends Hotel in Surfers Paradise.  

Former VACC apprentice motor mechanic Warren Wu (pictured), who currently works at Brighton BMW in Melbourne, was named the top fourth year apprentice of the year.

“I felt it was the career highlight of my last four years and there is no better way to complete an apprenticeship,” Wu said.

“I do spend a fair bit of time after hours chipping away at BMW monthly training topics.  By doing so it keeps me up to date on current model technologies and also aids in further consolidating my comprehension on the subject.”

To qualify and win this award, participants had to undertake four training courses at the BMW Training Centre in Melbourne throughout the year. Prior to each training course they had to complete two online pre-course assignments that are designed to introduce the apprentices to the topics of the course.  

With each pre-course assessment there were two online tests that had to be undertaken to demonstrate to the BMW technical trainers of the level of understanding the participants have attained.  Following this, participants then have to complete online post-course assessments to evaluate their overall comprehension of the subject.

In addition, participants had to submit practical evidence of repair work from their respective dealer workshops by compiling this in a BMW work evidence record book.  Practical assessment at the BMW training centre was monitored and assessed by trainers on tasks like reading wiring diagrams and fault finding on system components using oscilloscopes and dedicated BMW diagnostic equipment. Other tasks included overhauling electric steering racks and active rear differentials to identify and analyse how the components interact and work.

Wu consistently achieved high results for all his online course assessments, assignments and practical work. This allowed him to achieve the highest overall average score for 2013 and be the award winner.  

The Service Manager of Brighton BMW, Ashley Sprague said, “Warren is a valued employee that will complete any task he is challenged with and give something extra each time in a selfless way. Nothing is too much trouble and thinking outside of the square is part of that challenge which he demonstrates so well.”

Wu’s winning prizes consisted of an inscribed glass trophy and several Wurth cordless power tools, a battery charger, a cordless LED work lamp and a carrying bag. 

“Warren completed his apprenticeship a few weeks after the awards ceremony, so it’s a fitting tribute to finish off a wonderful apprenticeship,” said VACC Auto Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din.

“He has won numerous top awards from his TAFE School and also won the BMW second year high achievement award. He works and studies tremendously hard and is a real self-driven person who wants to be successful in his career path.”

For the immediate future, Wu intends to progress and become a Diagnostic Technician within the next four years. But his ultimate goal is to eventually earn the BMW Master Technician title.  His long term career goal is to pursue a training role where he can pass on his knowledge and experience to other BMW technicians and upcoming apprentices.