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 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 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 Steve

Steve

Driver Trainer - 0413 626 967

Automatic Car (Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sport)

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 Jess

Jess

Driver Trainer - 0477 969 857

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Jess grew up on a dairy farm and having 8 years experience in the hospitality industry she has developed a coaching style that is fun while still being informative. She is down-to-earth and is dedicated to coaching students in a comfortable atmosphere. Her direction is direct so you can be assured there will be no 'beating out around the bush' and guidance will be clear and transparent. 

Jess enjoys interacting with people from all backgrounds and walks of life so becoming a driver trainer was an ideal position for a career change. In her spare time Jess is a dedicated parent and avid car enthusiast.

 

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 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 Rebecca

Rebecca

Driver Trainer - 0436 350 066

Automatic Car

Rebecca comes from an aviation background and has worked within the Qantas group in various managerial roles for 6 years before taking on the role of Duty Manager for the Townsville Airport. Rebecca then decided to make a drastic career move away from shift work, as she is a mum of 3 young children. To enable her to focus more time and effort on being an amazing mum, Rebecca became an admin here at Graduate School of Motoring and loved her new industry so much she decided to become more involved and start teaching our students as well.

Rebecca has a fun, loving and bubbly personality which makes anyone feel at ease in her company. Her communication style is assertive but caring. With this attitude she can help any student at any level improve their skill and become a safe driver. 

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 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 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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