News from MAN: MAN Truck & Bus UK’s 2014 Apprentice of the Year Awards has gathered together one of the company’s largest assemblies of young people enrolled on MAN Apprenticeships.
It sees the annual awards showcase as an increasingly significant event in its corporate calendar, identifying as it does the cream of the next generation of MAN Service and Parts personnel.
This year’s event was staged at St George’s Park, the English FA’s national football centre in Burton-upon-Trent, and involved a record-breaking 130 MAN Apprentices. Guests of honour, and on-hand to present awards, was TV’s Helen Skelton-Myler, best known from her role as co-presenter on Blue Peter, Alistair Peoples, Chief Executive at the Driving Standards Agency, and distinguished individuals from the National Apprentice Service, the SOE and The Outward Bound Trust.
While all MAN Apprentices were recognised for their ongoing commitment to MAN, and to their respective Truck Centres and Service Centres within the MAN Network, individual awards were presented to Mechanical Apprentices in each of three year groups, plus awards for Parts and Business Administration categories.
MAN Apprenticeships are managed in conjunction with the S&B Training Academy – a company which has invested heavily in its purpose-built, state-of-the-art CV workshop and training facility in Bristol.
“Our apprentice scheme is one of the company’s greatest success stories,” said Head of UK Service, John Davies. “And it’s testament to MAN’s growing reputation as a dynamic, technologically advanced engineering company,” The course administrators at S&B too, have devised an interesting, practical curriculum that really empowers the trainees and inspires them pursue a career within the truck industry, and with MAN in particular.
“The next generation of technicians and aftersales support people,” continued Davies, “are, of course, crucial to the future success of the company. It always fills me with great pride to see our young apprentices doing so well. The awards provide a stepping stone to a great career within our industry. I know I speak for the rest of the senior management when I say this is one of the most important events staged by the company.”
First Year, Mechanical
Apprentice of the Year. Joseph Stevens – Cordwallis Group, Reading.
Most Improved. John Armitage – HRVS Ripley.
Second Year, Mechanical
Apprentice of the Year. Adam Holmes – HRVS Ripley.
Most Improved. Connor Keogh – Cordwallis Group, Heathrow.
Third Year, Mechanical
Apprentice of the Year. Lewis Mather – HRVS, Sheffield.
Most Improved. Andrew Holstead – HRVS Ripley.
Parts, Level Two
Apprentice of the Year. Ross Patrick – MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton.
Most Improved. Joe Workman – MAN Truck & Bus Bristol.
Parts, Level Three
Apprentice of the Year. James Hamilton – Steadplan, Clitheroe.
Most Improved. Jonathan Attree – Pelican Engineering.
Business Admin., Level Two
Apprentice of the Year. Amber Robertson – Harwoods Truck Centre.
Most Improved. James Jarvis – PCL, West Thurrock.
Business Admin., Level Three
Apprentice of the Year. Michael Heinzerling – MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton.
Most Improved. Amy Paul – MAN Truck & Bus Exeter.