Southlander comes second
'An outstanding achievement'HANNAH MCLEOD
An Invercargill apprentice has come second in the national MTA Apprentice of the Year 2013 competition.
Jordan Andrews, a heavy diesel mechanic apprentice at Advance Agricentre in Invercargill, was named runner up at the competition held in Wellington at the weekend.
The winner was Julius Bloem, of Pukekohe.
Mr Andrews said he thought he had done well during the practical tasks.
''I think I went all right, I found all the faults and fixed them. I think I did the best I could,'' he said.
Mr Andrews said he and the other three finalists had become friends during the competition.
''He (Mr Bloem) definitely deserved it, all of them (the competitors) did. They are a great bunch of guys,'' he said.
''We all went out after the competition, had tea, had a debrief, and had a couple of beers.''
Mr Andrews' employer Donald Fleck, who nominated him for the competition, said he was incredibly proud of Mr Andrews' achievement.
''We are both very competitive, but understand there can only be one winner.''
''To be considered to be that calibre of a technician is an outstanding achievement, and it's good for our customers to know that too,'' Mr Fleck said.
Mr Andrews said his family was delighted with his achievement.
''Mum has told everyone, texting everyone and putting it all over Facebook.''
He was looking forward to everything going back to normal now the competition was over, but said he loved being a part of it.
''I'd definitely do something like it again, it was nerve racking, but worth it,'' Mr Andrews said.
Mr Andrews received a gaming package, including a PlayStation 4, a $500 Telecom voucher and a $500 Repco voucher for being named a finalist in the competition.
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