Tapping into hose skills
WITH Australia facing a national skills shortage, it could be said that Jade Ostwald has more than his share.
The new ENZED Hose Doctor for the Gympie region is not only a qualified hose fitter and hydraulic expert, but also an experienced diesel fitter and qualified electrician.
"You can never have too many skills when you're a tradesman," Jade said.
"Many jobs go across more than one skill set and it means I am able to offer better service to my customers."
Jade recently settled in Gympie, where he has extended family, after working as a hose doctor for ENZED Moranbah in Central Queensland.
The new father, his daughter Evie arrived in January, said he was committed to staying in the Gympie region long-term.
"I love Gympie because the area is beautiful and there is a genuine sense of community that is welcoming - everyone I have met has been friendly," he said.
"It's nice to be in a larger town that has everything you need close by but maintains a close country feel."
Jade is working the Gympie "patch" as an owner-operator, building on an existing customer base with the support of a well-regarded national franchise operation.
He offers a mobile service and also works out of the ENZED premises on Mount Pleasant Rd.
"It's great to be back with ENZED," said Jade.
I take confidence from the fact that I have national backing and product recognition and quality that is second to none.
"Having worked with the brand previously, I know support and product information are only a phone call away."
Owner of ENZED Gympie and ENZED Sunshine Coast, Andrew Fraser, said he often struggled to find skilled workers, due to Australia's mining boom.
"I was delighted when Jade contacted me and said he was interested in becoming our Gympie hose doctor," he said.
"Not only is he highly skilled but he was already in the ENZED network.
"ENZED Moranbah was sorry to lose him when he moved south, but their loss is our gain."