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Luci Gavin

When Luci Gavin felt it was time to pursue a new career, she decided the best course of action was to hit the road – literally.


After working in customer-serviced based roles in retail, hospitality and administration, she decided was time for a new challenge. So she enrolled in Ara’s New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator).

“Operating heavy vehicles was something that interested me and I felt it suited my personality and nature,” Luci says. “The course looked like a good opportunity to learn about the industry and thought it would give me the experience I needed.”

The course is delivering the goods for Luci. “It’s giving me all the basic knowledge I need and an understanding of what’s involved in the industry. I’ve also gained confidence in myself that I have the ability to succeed.”

Luci is especially enjoying the work-integrated learning aspects of the course, and learning from real-life scenarios. She also loved her work placement at Hilton Haulage. “It gave me a lot of new experiences and opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise, and I gained first-hand knowledge of what to expect going in to the industry.”

Luci says her tutors are very personable, positive and nurturing, and they’re committed to getting the whole class involved and up to the same level. She highly recommends the course to anyone considering a career in commercial road transport. “It’s perfect if you enjoy freedom and driving, making decisions and thinking for yourself.”