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Circular Head Motorcycles has been awarded Auto Apprenticeships Host Employer of the Year by the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and owner Michael Sheehan (left) says it is for the support provided to second year apprentice Cameron Best (right) and fourth year apprentice Jarrod Sharman (inset right). The award was presented by JobNet Tasmania’s Berni Chapman (inset centre) on Saturday and accepted by Jarrod and fellow employee Curtis Tuxworth in Hobart. 

Awards. Circular Head Motorcycles has been recognised as a service provider that goes above and beyond for its customers and employees.

The local business has been named Auto Apprenticeships Host Employer of the Year by the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.

Announced at the annual TACC Castrol Motor Industry Awards held on Saturday at the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart, business owner Michael Sheehan says the award reflects the support provided to its two apprentices, Jarrod Sharman, 20, and Cameron Best, 17.

Currently completing their fourth and second years respectively, Michael said the award came about through his nomination of Jarrod as Apprentice of the Year following the unexpected passing of his father 18 months ago.

“Considering how far he has come from where he was and the way he has turned himself around,” Michael said.

“Jarrod has really stepped up, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Michael said both apprentices excel in the workplace and take particular care with their work, also thanking TACC apprentice assessor Peter Spencer for his support.

“Cameron has always done well,” Michael said.

“I actually couldn’t get rid of him to start with. He would come into the workshop after school to sweep and clean up. He wanted to drop out of school in year nine and I said that if he finished year 10 I’d give him a job.”

Judging for the Auto Apprentice Host Employer of the Year is based on customer service, professional development, industry improvement, and environmental and occupational health and safety.

The accolade follows the news that Circular Head Motorcycles has been named Tasmanian Honda Dealer of the Year for 2016.

A title the Nelson Street business also holds for 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2010, Michael puts this down consistency.

“Considering we are competing against Launceston and Hobart dealers, against cities with a larger population base . . . it comes down to our service,” he says.

“I always say it is a team thing, not just one individual that makes the difference.”

The accolade was presented at Honda Motorcycles Australia’s annual awards in Melbourne in May.

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