DAF Trucks announces Apprentices of the Year 2011 14 November 2011

The DAF Trucks National Dealer Apprentice Programme has once again honoured its graduates at an awards ceremony in Bristol, where the scheme is based.

Ross Humphries of Watts Truck & Van, Cardiff, was named as third year winner; Shane Marrows of Ford & Slater DAF, in Kings Lynn, was second year winner, while the first year winner award went to James Turner, of Wessex DAF.

Prior to the ceremony, the top 10 apprentices from each academic year were put through their paces at DAF's national training centre in Bristol, going head-to-head in a series of timed tasks to test their ability.

A team of assessors from DAF's training partner Skillnet and City of Bristol College was on hand to judge the competition.

"DAF is committed to the highest standards of education throughout our network and the apprentice programme allows us to ensure we are developing technicians who are fully versed in the technology of the future," says DAF Trucks aftersales services manager Tony Shepherd, who is responsible for the apprentice programme.

Shepherd says that investment in the DAF Apprentice Programme is viewed as a high priority for DAF in the UK.

The full range of DAF vehicles is available at Bristol College for apprentices to work on, with the most recent addition announced at this year's Awards – an LF Hybrid donated by Leyland Trucks.

DAF apprentices attend City of Bristol College for 28 weeks of training during the course of the three year programme.

The course combines practical and theoretical study at college with on-the-job training at a DAF dealership. At the end of the programme, successful apprentices emerge with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

This includes an IMI Level 3 Diploma and IMI Level 3 NVQ in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Heavy Vehicles), a recognised welding certificate, and a certificate of key skills in communication and information technology.

John Challen

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