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Southbanker

08 May 2018

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Gold “Porsche-un” for Niven

By Meg Hill

Southbank resident Niven Tsing was awarded the Automotive Gold Medallion at the Class of 2017 Graduation and Awards ceremony on April 9.

The Kangan Institute celebrated the achievements of its top students and graduates – over 180 from Broadmeadows, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Docklands and Richmond campuses – on the night.

Mr Tsing completed a pre-apprenticeship with Kangan in Docklands last year that landed him an apprentice role at Porsche.

“I finished my pre-apprenticeship in 2016 and got work experience at Porsche through Kangan,” Mr Tsing said.

“They liked what I did, and offered me a full apprenticeship. I took that on and started my ‘cert three’ at Kangan to go along with it.”

But his infatuation with cars is a surprisingly new development.

“I was quite a late learner in driving, I didn’t start to drive until four years ago,” Mr Tsing said.

“Then I got my own car and was hooked. I wanted to work on my car myself but I didn’t have the skills or knowledge.”

It wasn’t long before Niven started to think about it in terms of a career, not just a hobby.

Mr Tsing said he initially looked at Kangan’s Docklands campus because it was close to his home in Southbank.

“Before I applied they gave me a tour, showed me the place and the facilities, and I really liked it.”

This is how he started to get to know the local area.

“I started to run around Docklands for exercise. I’d go over that bridge next to South Wharf, through Docklands Park and along the harbour.”

He hopes to continue working for Porsche after completing his certificate and eventually become a classic car technician.

“Classic cars are kind of hidden. They’re really interesting but you have to dig into it, most people just see them as an old car,” he said.

“But if you get into it there’s a lot of genius mechanical inventions in there and things that work differently to modern cars.”

 

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