MAN Truck & Bus UK has celebrated the success of its young high-flyers with an awards ceremony, where Claire Young, a former contestant on the BBC’s The Apprentice spoke about her experiences on the TV show and her career.

The annual awards ceremony involved more than 200 apprentices and honoured guests, including representatives of The Outward Bound Trust and the S&B Automotive Academy. S&BAA has a ‘state-of-the-art’ CV workshop and training facility in Bristol where the apprentices spend time learning and practising their skills.

Paul O’Cain, Head of UK Service, said: “This is about recognising achievement and celebrating the talent with the potential to progress and become the management, supervisors and even the managing directors of the future.

“As graduates of this scheme I am proud to say the apprentices have reached a pivotal point in their careers. They are now skilled workers with qualifications and experience that will see them grow and develop throughout their working lives. We want to retain the best people and we are committed to training and offering career opportunities that will reward talented people.

“The key to successful business is evolution and embracing change as it happens. The MAN apprenticeships began in 1986 and they have evolved over those 21 years.

“The programme has been expanding and the number of placements has also been growing. This year’s intake was a record. We accepted 50 young people on our placements across four disciplines. In total we have had 1,000 apprentices through our books.

“When they began they were purely for technicians, but they have expanded to include trainees in the parts department, and business administration and for the first time, this year, we are celebrating the young high-flyers who are working their way up in our sales department.

The graduate apprentices of 2017 truly are the faces of the future and with solid training behind them I am confident they will continue to provide top class service.“

Claire Young, a former contestant on the BBC’s The Apprentice, spoke at the event about her time on the show and her career so far.

As well as the individual achievement awards all those who have completed their MAN apprenticeships were handed their graduation certificates at the event at The Mere Resort, in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The awards at the MAN Apprentice of the Year ceremony included:

Year 1

Winner: Zach Barsby, MAN Nuneaton

Runner up: Harvey Suckling, MAN Felixstowe

Most improved: Edward Lawrence, Cordwallis Reading

Year 2

Winner: Neko Daniels, MAN Westbury

Runner up: Duncan Bristow,  MAN Westbury

Most improved: Daniel Stuart, MAN Swindon

Year 3

Winner: Christian Chirwa, MAN Nuneaton

Runner up: Francis Cassar, PCL Group

Most improved:  Joshua Ladley, HRVS Group

Business and Admin Level 2

Winner: Melissa Dixon, MAN Gateshead

Runner up: Nathan Thompson, MAN Manchester

Most improved: Georgia Smee, MAN Exeter

Business and Admin Level 3

Winner: Suzanna Atkinson, MAN Felixstowe

Runner up: Charlotte Brooks, MAN Bristol

Most improved: Tuesday Nicol, MAN Plymouth

Parts Level 2

Winner: Jacob Phillimore, MAN Westbury

Runner up: Roddy Beaton, MAN Bellshill

Most improved: Ross Macrae, MAN Grangemouth

Parts Level 3

Winner: Steven Douglas, MAN Felixstowe

Runner up: Dean Rae, MAN Dunfermline

Most improved: Nicole Whitaker, HRVS Group


Winner: Bradley Kirk, HRVS Group

Runner up: Benjamin Deacon, MAN Nuneaton

Most improved: Mitchell Holmes, MAN Nuneaton

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