Royal Mail delivers award-winning apprentice technician02 July 2019

An apprentice vehicle technician at Royal Mail’s fleet workshop in Chichester has won a top prize at the Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

Caitlin Slade, pictured, was named apprentice of the year – a new category for the awards, now in their 12th year, which champion role models in the sector.

Slade is in the fourth year of a light and heavy vehicle apprenticeship. Based at Royal Mail’s Chichester workshop, where the fleet is mainly light commercial vehicles, she also spends time at the Southampton depot to gain added experience on heavy vehicles. Work at the sites includes servicing, repairs, inspections and MOT preparations.

Like all other Royal Mail fleet apprentices, Slade attends the Babcock training academy, in Milton Keynes, on block release.

She was nominated for the Everywoman award by Keith Swetman, Royal Mail workshop manager for south London and the South.

He says: “Caitlin is a very dedicated and reliable individual. She is always keen to learn and will share any knowledge she gains with the rest of the team – she’s a great all-round team member.”

Awards co-founder Maxine Benson says the 2019 winners presented “a new wave of exceptional talent and impressive career success stories”.

The apprentice of the year category was sponsored by Amey.

Laura Cork

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