Renault Trucks UK Ltd has recognised the top achievers in its Advanced Apprentice Options Programme, at its Apprentice of the Year awards and graduation ceremony, held at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon on October 20 2010. In addition to presenting awards to the highest performing apprentice technicians in each of the three years of the programme, 15 apprentice technicians celebrated completion of the programme and received their final graduation certificates.

Winners of the Apprentice of the Year awards were, for year one; Chris Williams of Allports Truck Centre at Lichfield. For year two; Daniel Willis of RH Commercial Vehicles at Nottingham and, for year three; Jamie Bird, also of Allports Truck Centre at Lichfield.

“It’s important to recognise the commitment and performance of our apprentices,” comments Brian Burns, Training Manager at Renault Trucks UK Ltd. “These young men have worked hard to improve their skills, both on the job at the dealerships that employ them, and in the classrooms and technical workshops during their block release sessions.

They have all shown substantial commitment to the programme and are actively involved in providing high levels of service to our customers across the UK.”
As Brian points out: “The technician apprentice programme is crucial if we are to continue to develop the skills that are required in this industry to service and maintain commercial vehicles to the highest standards. Being a commercial vehicle technician isn’t just about getting dirty anymore, technology has moved on and a high level of competence in electronics and computer diagnostics is required to work with today’s trucks and vans, as well as the core mechanical disciplines.

“We recognise, that if we want to have access to these skills, one of the best ways to do this is to train our own technicians through this programme, which is delivered in conjunction with our training partner, RAC Motoring Services.”
The Renault Trucks Advanced Apprentice Options Programme now encompasses 60 apprentice technicians.
All apprentices are directly employed within the Renault Trucks dealer network, at locations across the UK and attend block release sessions at Renault Trucks’ custom built training facility at Dunstable, or at RAC regional centres around the UK.

Although fifteen apprentices graduated this week, the programme was bolstered by an additional 19 new apprentices joining the programme on October 4 2010, when they attended an induction day at Renault Trucks’ new headquarters in Dunstable.

“Our apprentice technician training programme has been carefully constructed with the RAC to ensure each apprentice has the opportunity to fully develop his skills and expertise in the service and maintenance of the Renault Trucks product,” explains Brian. “We have deliberately woven some of our technical courses that are available to more experienced technicians into the apprentice programme, to really accelerate their learning. Successful apprentices can continue to develop their education through our additional technical training programmes and could achieve ‘master technician’ level within six years, (including one ‘improver’ year), of starting employment within our network, which can lead to significant rewards.”

He concludes, “We are very proud of our apprentices and our training programme which, we believe is one of the best in the industry, in terms of apprentice retention and achievement. It is a real pleasure to be able to recognise the success of these youngsters at events such as the awards ceremony.”

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