Cadet Programme

Since joining in January 2021, Amanda has gained both her class four and full class five licences. Before starting, Amanda’s truck driving experience was limited to driving her horse truck but now the joke is, there is only one division of the business Amanda hasn’t operated within. Robbie, General Manager, says “that is only a matter of time!”

Amanda grew up on a farm in Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay, giving her a good knowledge of livestock handling. Her first role with Stephenson’s was on a truck only stock unit. When the need arose Amanda was happy to assist on the local freight run but now finds herself learning the ropes on a Spreader unit. This leaves only the bulk division.

After seventeen years on the slaughter board, Amanda is enjoying the freedom the open road brings her. No day is ever the same. As a busy Mum of two, Amanda is managing to juggle both work and a busy home life.





Amanda with #14

Amanda with #14

Luca wasn’t a huge fan of school but has found his passion in the trucking industry. Joining Stephenson’s as a young truck washer after being referred from a friend who recommended it as a good way to earn money. Luca has never looked back. When the Gateway Co-ordinator at Luca’s school suggested to him he look at the transport industry as a career, Todd Stephenson was happy to offer Luca a job as a labourer helping some of the experienced drivers on the bulk units. When the opportunity arose Luca gained his class 2 licence, moving as quickly as the licencing system would allow into his 4. Through his licence classes Luca has gained valuable experience in both flat deck and livestock units.

Luca has recently received his class 5L and is already counting down the days until he can tow a trailer behind number 36.

Luca sees a huge future for himself in the transport industry.

Luca with #36

Luca with #36

It’s been a whirlwind of journey for Tom, from yardmen at Silverfern Farms to receiving his full class five licence in just over nine months. Being over 25 years old has definitely helped with the licence classes but determination and a willingness to learn the trade has also helped Tom get where he is. Tom’s previous experience with stock gave him a good grounding. Knowing how to handle them in the yards has assisted Tom in his new career.

Tom started with Stevies on a small freight vehicle progressing to one of the smaller stock units relatively quickly. Tom enjoys that no day is the same– like our other cadets he definitely sees a future in driving. Tom is glad that he made the move and is an example that even with a class 1 licence you can become a Truck Driver if you put your mind to it.

Tom is the latest cadet to receive his class 5 licence.