Ryder celebrates trainee technicians07 August 2019

Commercial vehicle hire and leasing business Ryder has held a trainee technician graduation ceremony to celebrate its latest group of successful apprentices.

To mark the 25th year of the Ryder apprenticeship scheme, attendees were joined by a group of former graduates who have gone on to forge successful careers within the business.

The coveted Technician of the Programme 2019 award went to Glasgow’s Jamie Stanfield, who also received a £1,000 cheque.

“It feels brilliant to graduate. Now, I just can’t wait to get my head down in the workshop and become the best technician I can be,” said Jamie (pictured receiving his prize from, left, Mark Carlin, Ryder general manager – network, and David Hunt, Ryder VP).

Year prizes were also awarded: first year prize went to Richard Munt, Park Royal; second year to Isaque Rizzo, also of Park Royal; and third year prize to Brendan Green, Birmingham.

In total, seven technicians graduated from the scheme: Brendan Green, Birmingham; Jamie Stanfield, Glasgow; William Stokes, Sheffield; Joseph Courtney-Thompson, Northampton-Raunds; Michael Lillington, Rainham; Aidan Raine, Avonmouth; and Samuel Wilson, Bradford.

Catherine Steel, Ryder’s HR director, said: “The outstanding achievements of our trainees reinforce the importance of our apprenticeship programme. It is absolutely critical to the ongoing success of our business in an industry facing increasing shortages of those with the right technical skills for the future.”

Laura Cork

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