Karen Bailey, head of competence development at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “The shortage of skilled technicians across the sector in recent years has been widely reported and is something we are doing our best to address. The Apprentice Training Centre is a phenomenal resource to have and we’re confident it will help to attract even more talent into our network, whilst also being a great introduction to the wealth of career opportunities available with Volvo Trucks.”
The new facility features three training bays, each large enough to house two trucks, plus a modern and newly furnished classroom.
Christian Coolsaet, managing director of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “Providing our apprentices with the right guidance and equipment to help take their careers forward is hugely important. We hope these men and women will form the backbone of our dealer network teams for years to come. Making this investment in their learning now, will only benefit our business in the future.”
Currently, Volvo Trucks has more than 300 apprentices, including 20 women, taking part in its three-year apprenticeship scheme. The Level 3 Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) apprenticeship, supported by partner Remit Training, involves a mix of academic learning and on-the-job training.