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Shaun and Bubbles 2

MOWER operators Shaun Hadcroft and James ‘Bubbles’ Wieczorek are developing their skills and careers at QRS thanks to great teachers and their own keenness to learn. 

Shaun Hadcroft started work as a labourer with QRS in 2021. He was able to quickly refresh his Class 2 training and qualify in Wheels, Tracks and Rollers. He used those skills, first in driving the pilot vehicle for the long-reach mowing team then, by the beginning of the New Year, training to drive the over-sized mowing machinery himself.

“Building on those skills means you can do a variety of work and I really enjoy having those options,” he says. “It makes you more flexible and I like to help out where I can.” Shaun is now working towards his Class 4 (heavy vehicles) licence.

James ‘Bubbles’ Wieczorek also joined Quality Roading and Services' routine team at the end of 2021. He started off by piloting crews working the long-reach mower. Within a few months he was himself driving the over-sized mowing machinery. “I've done a bit of tractor driving over the years and always enjoyed being up there in the cab,” he says. “You can see so much from there and the work takes us from one end of the region to the other.”

Operator Isa Robertson trained Bubbles and Shaun in mowing and mower maintenance. She says they both picked up the nuances of the work quickly. “Both men were keen to learn, and they have attention to detail which is what you need for this job.”

Manager of the routine division, Michelle Hedley says Bubbles and Shaun have impressed her with their willingness to learn. As a result, they have quickly earned their respective licences. “They are a good example of what you can achieve if you come to QRS with a good attitude and an openness for developing new skills.”


29 June 2022

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