JORDAN Grech who works at Mercury’s Dandenong South facility is the new Boating Industry Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year. The win came as a complete shock to Jordan, soon to be a fully qualified marine mechanic.
“Honestly, I didn’t know anything other than I was nominated,” Jordan said.
“I watched the announcement just to see what it was all about.
“When I won, I was in a state of shock – I’m extremely grateful for the award and to everyone who has helped me, particularly Mercury and Kangan TAFE.”
A third-year apprentice, Jordan’s dedication and aptitude is reflected in the completion of his TAFE coursework at Kangan Institute well ahead of schedule. Mercury Marine Victoria and Tasmania service manager Simon Bugeja said, “If you know Jordan, that will come as no surprise.”
“His work ethic is really strong, he’s always enthusiastic and wanting to learn.
“He doesn’t just want to know what works, but how and the why it works, which is a great trait.”
Not only has Jordan built a great track record rebuilding engines and fitting out boats at Mercury, he’s also on point with customer service, having worked on the Mercury stand at numerous boat shows.
“When he applied for the apprenticeship, he clearly had a love of water and great ability – he’d built his own hotrod – but he lived on the other side of the city and faced a one to two hour journey twice a day, which we thought might get too much but no way, he’s here every day with his sleeves rolled up,” Mr Bugeja said. While the win was a shock to Jordan, it was less of a surprise to those around him such as Simon Bugeja and Mercury ANZP director of aftersales Nicholas Webb.
“Well done to Jordan, it was a fantastic effort and a great reward for all his hard work,” Mr Webb said. Jordan will now have his name etched on the perpetual trophy, which hangs in BIAV’s headquarters.
“Again, thanks to everyone in the Mercury team,” Jordan said.
“You’ve allowed me to turn my passion into the job I work day-to-day.” The prestigious annual award is open to any apprentice working in Victoria’s marine industry.