HVTC 40th Anniversary - Kyle Kruger
Kyle Kruger completed his Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship with HVTC in 2014 while hosted to BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal.When he left school, Kyle initially pursued study at University in the Engineering Mechanical field, but after commencing his studies, Kyle decided that it wasn’t the right pathway for him as he wasn’t gaining the practical hands-on skills that he was after.
At that time, Kyle’s brother was completing an apprenticeship and would speak to him about what was involved and the work he did as part of his training, which peaked Kyle’s interest in pursuing that pathway. He eventually deferred his University study and undertook an Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship with HVTC.
A highlight of Kyle’s apprenticeship was taking out a win as Apprentice of the Year in the 2015 HVTC Excellence Awards and progressing as a finalist for Apprentice of the Year in the NSW/ACT Group Training Awards.
Kyle says he benefited greatly from his apprenticeship experience, as he was able to gain real hands-on industry experience while interacting and developing relationships with experienced tradesmen. This not only helped with his professional development, but Kyle says it also provided good character-building opportunities and allowed him to develop personally as well.
Since completing his apprenticeship with HVTC, Kyle has gone on to study a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and now works as a Shift Engineer, where he runs shifts, manages the mechanical and electrical engineering across sites and assists with compliance and breakdowns.