First road transport cadetship graduate

Friday 2 Aug 2019

Dayna Callender can handle a truck-and-trailer unit like a boss. The 19-year-old Mount Maunganui woman is the first student in the region to complete the Bay of Plenty Transport Industry cadetship at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

"None of my family drive, but I've always loved trucks and looked at them and wanted to drive them. The size, the looks, the different styles, and what they can carry – it all appeals. Plus, I like being in control of the vehicle and also seeing new places and new people."

Although she will graduate later this year, she wasted no time in finding work and currently works for Priority Logistics, where she drives Class 5 trucks. Before enrolling at Toi Ohomai, Callender was a student at Mount Maunganui College and like many school leavers, was unsure about what she wanted to do when she finished school.

She decided to sign up for the student-for-a-day initiative after Toi Ohomai staff visited her school. "I've always loved trucks and after I did the student-for-a-day where I went to the course and joined in with the class, I realised I loved it, so I just carried on from there," she said.

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Source & Photo: NZ Herald

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