Diesel mechanic takes skills back to Solomons

THREE months spent working in a Coffs Harbour diesel mechanics workshop has provided Solomon Islander Alick Laua with the opportunity of a lifetime.

Mr Laua was brought to Australia by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South to undertake advanced training on large and modern diesel trucks as part of the club's Rotary Pacif- ic Islands Training Program, which aims to improve the skills base for people living on Pacific Islands.

"Working conditions here are very different to those in the Solomon Islands," Mr Laua said.

"At home in Honiara, I work in a small workshop with very few tools.

"It has been great to work at K & J Trucks in a large modern workshop.

"I've learnt a lot from the mechanics there."

Mr Laua will not only now be able service and repair modern trucks, he will be able to pass his new skills on to others.

"I'm hoping that the knowledge and experience I have gained will eventually allow me to start my own diesel mechanic's workshop at home," he said.

Principal of K & J Trucks Kevin Schumann said his firm was pleased to offer Mr Laua the opportunity and to pass on skills he can take back.

"Alick has been keen to learn and has fitted in well in the workshop," Mr Schumann said.

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