VW master technician scoops gold medal at Skills Show12 December 2016

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles technician Harry Garraway has won a gold medal at the UK Skills Show and has become the youngest qualified master technician within VW.

The 20-year-old joined the Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre, Bristol, in 2013 and completed his apprentice programme at the end of last year. He became a qualified technician in March this year, and has now achieved the highest technical level in the Van Centre network – master technician.

On the way to achieving master technician status, Garraway was named apprentice of the year within VW Commercial Vehicles and was VW Group apprentice of the year. He was also one of five apprentices shortlisted for the IMI’s outstanding achievers award 2016.

His most recent achievement, at last month’s Skills Show (NEC, Birmingham), saw him competing against five other technicians from across the UK and taking the gold medal.

Carl zu Dohna, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says: “We were delighted when Harry was selected to represent the brand at the Skills Show, so to have come away with the top award is fantastic.

“We couldn’t be more proud of his achievements... He is an inspiriation to all aspiring technicians and proof that developing skills in an apprenticeship position really can be the springboard for a great career.”

Garraway says: “2016 has been the most amazing year for me. I’ve learnt so much and come so far. I’m really looking forward now to consolidating my skills and encouraging other young people to find and develop their passions in a job they love. The apprentice scheme has allowed me to work and learn and I’m grateful to Heritage and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for their support.”

Laura Cork

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