Trainers at Graduate School of Motoring

Driving School Trainer Heath

Heath

Director/Driver Trainer - 0409 611 428

Qualifications: MBA, Cert IV in Driving Instruction, Cert IV Workplace Trainer/Assessor

Heath has 25 years experience in all facets of the transport industry, which he entered after serving in the Australian Army. He has spent the past twenty years in managerial positions and has been heavily involved in workplace training and assessing. He teaches all classes of vehicles including modified vehicles which cater for various disabilities.

He is a current Board Director of the Australian Driver Trainer's Association and actively involved in community road safety mentor programs  in Townsville.

Driving School Trainer Stephen

Stephen

Driver Trainer - 0438 732 712 

MR, HR, HC & MC

Steve started in the transport industry at the age of 19 driving heavy vehicles then progressed to the Australian Army as a driver/NCO. His experience over the last 30+ years has taken him across Australia with line-haul, logging, refrigerated, general freight and emergency services.

Steve is passionate about road safety and believes a good grounding at the start of your learner-driver experience, is better than changing bad habits later.  

 

Driving School Trainer Cameron

Cameron

Driver Trainer - 0439 444 431

Manual Car (Suzuki Swift)  MR, HR & HC

Cameron interests are camping, fishing, boating, 4wding and anything to do with the motorsports industry. He has been a part of the transport industry as a truck driver for about 7 years and worked in warehousing for a short period of time. He's new to the driver training industry but plans on excelling to the best of his abilities. He has his MC truck licence and cert III in driving operations.  

Driving School Trainer Josh

Josh

Driver Trainer - 0467 238 862

Automatic Car (Suzuki Swift), MR & HR

Josh hails from a mining background with extensive knowledge in underground and open cut metalliferous mines as a heavy vehicle/ mobile plant operator throughout Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The last 2 years Josh has worked as a trainer assessor in mining environments. Josh has also recently presented road safety programs for ‘RYDA’ to various senior high school groups.

Josh has recently moved from Perth to Townsville for a sea change and has joined us here at Graduate as an instructor.

Josh’s interests are aviation, transport, marine, mining and most sports.

Qualifications:

TAE40116 - Certificate IV in Training and assessment

TLI41218 Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Car Driving Instruction)

TLI41318 Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction)

Driving School Trainer Rachael

Rachael

Driver Trainer - 0401 356 098

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato) MR & HR

Rachael has 13 years’ experience in the transport and logistic industry from serving in the Australian Army. Rachael enjoys camping, 4WDing and rugby union. Rachael is new to the industry however has a relaxed and patience demeanor and is looking forward to taking on the opportunity to pass on her knowledge in driver training.  

Driving School Trainer Simon

Simon

Driver Trainer - 0435 599 296

Automatic Car (Kia Cerrato) 

Simon started his working career as a chef in Darwin, moving to Queensland in 1986 continuing with his cooking career owning his own business. He then changed direction in career path, moving into the emergency services working for Queensland fire and rescue service as a Fire Fighter, where he has been since 1991 until current. Since being in the fire service Simon has involved himself in recruit training which incorporated teaching defensive driving to recruit fire fighters, as well as many other aspects of the job. Being in the Queensland Fire Service, I have developed a passion for Driver training and the benefits of defensive driving and teaching good basic driving skills.

Driving School Trainer Angelo

Angelo

Driver Trainer - 0439 740 725

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Angelo’s background is primarily in the heavy construction industry driving various types of heavy machinery, which was followed by a number of years in the tyre industry for Bridgestone.

He also successfully ran a lawnmower and small engine business for eight years prior to gaining qualifications as a driving instructor. Angelo teaches in automatic vehicles. 

Driving School Trainer Jackson

Jackson

Driver Trainer - 0421 418 820

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Jackson grew up in Brisbane moved to Townsville in 2010. Jackson has been exposed to driver training from a young age, due to family being a part of the industry. He is extremely calm and down to earth, as well as being devoted in providing the best outcome to all students, as well as encouraging safe driving on our roads.

Jackson is a car enthusiast and likes to play video games in his spare time. He also like to stay fit with going to the gym 6 days a week.

Driving School Trainer Elisha

Elisha

Driver Trainer - 0431 157 799

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Elisha has an eager, digilent and patient demeanour. She grew up in remote South West Queensland and has experience driving motorcycles, scooters, cars and tractors. 

Every few years she will go to visit her large extended family in Papua New Guinea. 

Elisha has 14 years experience in hospitality and business administration and 10 years experience as a high school and tertiary level tutor. She participates in volunteer student mentoring and tutoring programs in her free time whilst attending university. 

 

Driving School Trainer Vikki

Vikki

Driver Tranier - 0402 359 267

Automatic Car (Suzuki Swift)

Vikki has an extensive background as a training co-ordinator for a major transport company. She has wanted to make the jump to becoming a Driving Instructor for many years and has joined Graduate School of Motoring to fulfill this dream. Vikki is outgoing, kind with a consiencious attitude towards delivering exceptional training to her clients. She is a Townsville local so she knows the town like the back of her hand and can use this knowledge to develop tailor made lessons to suit each individual students level of ability. 

Driving School Trainer Duncan

Duncan

Driver Trainer - 0403 613 605

Manual Car (Kia Cerrato - Sport) 

Duncan has been in the transport industry from 1983 working as a driver and forklift operator for many transport companies and has been teaching heavy vehicles from 1989 and cars since 2000.

He has qualifications in Dangerous goods and explosives plus workplace health and safety has lead him to teach. This lead Duncan to take a more conservative interest to the wealth and knowledge of young drivers today.

Duncan's qualifications are Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Driving Instructor, Cert III Warehousing, WHS Forklift Assessor and instructor in Dangerous Goods Training, Chain of Responsibility, Manual handling, Load restraint, Secure Cargo, Explosives, Transporting Explosives, Transport of Radioactive Material.

Driving School Trainer Steve

Steve

Driver Trainer - 0413 626 967

Manual Car (Hyundai i30)

Steve started his working career as a quantity surveyor but hiding behind a desk talking to himself was not where he wanted to be. He spent a few years operating and instructing heavy machinery on a mining site in Western Australia. In 1980 Steve attended the road safety council in South Australia where he first became a Driver Trainer. This was a great move for Steve and is still a passion of his to this day. He still loves getting out of bed most mornings looking forward to going to work. What better job for a pom! He can whinge at people all day long and still get paid. Steve really feels it is a privilege to be a part of this special stage of so many peoples lives . Being part of the Graduate teams helps because we all have a common goal which is great for him and for you. He believes that with your help we can make a difference. Steve teaches in a manual vehicle. 

Driving School Trainer Liz

Liz

Driver Trainer - 0400 094 444

Manual Car (Suzuki Swift)

Liz became a driver trainer in 2007 in Brisbane where she hails from. When her eldest son got his learners, Liz wanted to instruct both her children correctly and safely. With a background in sales, administration and teachers aide, it seemed like the perfect career, and one which Liz brought with her to Townsville in 2009. 

Working with Graduate School of Motoring team is a fantastic opportunity to work with the best in the business. Liz is passionate about her job and the safety of her students....and also believes that we should never stop learning. Sometimes learning something new is challenging, but with the right support and encouragement, anything is possible. From beginners just starting out to adults returning, from test prep auto/manual upgrade.Give Liz or the office a ring or even book online and begin your driving adventure today. 

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Driving School Trainer Joanne

Joanne

Driver Trainer - 0402 156 043

Manual Car (Kia Rio)

Jo became a driver trainer in 2001. Jo is proud to have joined a progressive driving school however quick to point out our request for her to do a presentation in front of her peers made her very uncomfortable. Jo says it's just like how some of her students feel as learning to drive can be scary for some however for others it's an exciting time of their life, either way Jo feels using a professional is not only helpful, but a necessity. Jo loves what she does as a driver trainer and says there is no better sense of accomplishment than guiding a beginner student though to become a careful and confident driver. 

Driving School Trainer John

John

Driver Trainer - 0417 605 650

Manual Car (Suzuki Swift)

John comes across from a long career in the aviation industry, where he worked for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, then as a commercial pilot and grade 2 flying instructor. He also conducted aircraft maintenance. As an Instructor, he taught primarily young aviators and brings his training skills from the cockpit to the car. John particularly warms to students who experience difficulty, and he says getting those people across the line drives his passion for training. He says it doesn’t matter what type of machine people learn to operate, as long as the instructor uses the 4 “Ps”….planning, patience, persistence and practice.

On days off John can be located at the gym, on a long bike ride or flying his home-built aeroplane.

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