Pictured above: Apprentice of the Year, Jarred Teraci and Spirit Super Director, Peter Savige.
RAC Auto Services apprentice Jarred Teraci has been named Apprentice of the Year at the 2022 MTA WA Automotive Awards.
The award was one of six prestigious accolades handed out at the annual industry gala to recognise and celebrate the state's finest automotive businesses and their dedicated employees and apprentices.
Over 430 industry leaders, employees and business partners packed Perth's Crown Towers Ballroom to celebrate the 27 category finalists.
Special guests included the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, the Hon Patrick Gorman, comedian Peter Rowsthorne, and iconic Perth band Murphy's Lore.
Spirit Super board member Peter Savige and long-time industry representative also took part, presenting two awards on behalf of Spirit Super.
Peter said the event was a wonderful celebration of the passion and commitment that keep the auto industry moving forward.
"The Apprentice of the Year is a prestigious award. It not only rewards outstanding achievement and excellence but recognises the contribution these talented young men and women will make in shaping the future."
He also said the awards were vital to attract skilled workers to the industry and to give existing workers the confidence to pursue long, rewarding trade careers.
"The motor trades have transformed dramatically over the last few decades. Advancing technology and shifting consumer demands have reshaped everything we do — from designing, building and maintaining vehicles to recruiting and training our apprentices. Naturally, that's created a lot of challenges, but it’s also opened up tremendous opportunity."
"The electric vehicles of today and tomorrow are creating a vastly different industry to the one I worked in — hopefully, a cleaner and more efficient one,” Peter said. “I think there are a lot of exciting career opportunities on offer for both men and women. And there's a lot of forward-thinking, innovative employers out there ready to support them."
Spirit Super CEO Jason Murray said supporting motor trades workers and employers is imbued in Spirit Super's DNA.
"We've been supporting and promoting the auto trades for over 30 years. MTAA Super was created by the motor trades for the motor trades. Our name might have changed, but the legacy of that support is one we're incredibly proud of and committed to carrying forward."
"I look forward to continuing our close partnership with the MTA WA — indeed, all MTAs — to ensure we keep offering outstanding super outcomes to its members and all their hard-working employees," Jason said.
See below for a complete list of the 2022 MTA WA Automotive Awards nominees and winners.
APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
- Joel Carrello
- Matthew Fragomeni
- Kieran Street
- Jarred Teraci - Winner
- Thomas Boerrigter
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
- Westside Auto Wholesale - Winner
- RV Solutions
SMALL AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
- Dalcos Accident Repair Centre
- Core Off-Road
- Westerberg Panel Beaters & Towing
- Wilf Chambers Jaguar
- Wade Fleet Maintenance - Winner
LARGE AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
- Eagers Automotive - Winner
- George Day Caravans and Motorhomes
- Maddington and Canning Vale Toyota
- Shacks Motor Group
- RAC Auto Services
AUTOMOTIVE WOMAN OF THE YEAR
- Alara Syson
- Georgie Withers
- Amanda Lombardi - Winner
- Leonie Knip
INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARD
- Edward Geschke
- Bob Fowler
- Doug Kerr - Winner
- Norman Tempest