It may have been a cold and wet day for the first ever HT Class 4 licence program with James Turney from All Drive NZ, but all the five participants were here bright and early and eager to get underway. All those participating this time were pervious attendees of our class 2 with one as far back as last September.
They began their one-day training by sharing what they have been doing since James saw them last. A beekeeper who transports hives all over the North Island says the class 4 will help him drive the big truck so he can transport more hives at once, instead of having to do multiple trips. Another has been transporting broken down vehicles and wants to drive the bigger truck to cart more vehicles at a time. Another has been driving Fire Trucks at the Wellington Airport since gaining his Class 2 and wants the class 4 to further his career. Another is working for Downer and wants to drive the big trucks. Our only lady participant has been transporting eggs around the district and her desire is to drive big rigs. She had a lucky escape recently when her egg truck caught on fire outside of Matamata and got out of her truck moments before it was engulfed with flames. These 5 individuals have proven they are passionate about pursuing a career in Heavy Transport and have worked extremely hard to get to where they are.
One of our men had a hic cup getting his HT 4 learners as he is 2 days away from holding his class 2 for 3 months and was not permitted to buy his class 4 learners as the computer would not process it. He will go and get it in the next couple of days and has organised to sit his practical test in about 10 days when James and the truck are available again. Our moto is no one left behind so he is over the moon that it has worked out for him to still complete the process.
The comments from the students were that James is a master at what he does, and it is such an easy process with him teaching. They all did so well that they pushed out all the course requirements in 4 hours instead of 6. The feedback from all of them was extremely positive. The other comments were how grateful they are to Transform and the funders for the opportunity to give them a hand up to a better future and the ability to provide for them and their families.
This is what it is all about, helping others to see the potential that they have within and facilitate ways for them to have a brighter future. We are so grateful to our funders who turn dream into realities for our people. Without them opportunities like these would be out of reach for many. We partner with some amazing organisations who get just as much joy out of these success stories as we do. I take this opportunity to say thank you to Trinity Lands for their consistent support.