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Volvo celebrates success of Apprentices at annual awards
PUBLISHED: 30/04/2014 | UPDATED:30/04/2014 12:37:17
Apprentices from Volvo have been recognised for their achievements at a Graduation and Awards Ceremony at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire.

The 12 graduates were invited, along with family and friends, to be recognised and awarded for their hard work throughout their apprenticeships. The 11 service technicians and 1 service advisor were all chosen based on their performance within the training centres, their place of work, course progression and their general commitment to the industry.

Liam Underdown of Regent Automotive Gerrards Cross was awarded 1st year Apprentice of the Year. “Winning the first year apprentice of the year award has giving me a great sense of achievement.,” he said. “I feel proud of what I have accomplished in my first year and set myself a goal to improve in my second.  I am extremely grateful to Volvo and my trainers for my ongoing support in my apprenticeship and look forward to my graduation.”

For the 3rd year Apprentice of the Year award, 11 technical graduates battled it out through six different tasks, including tracing faults on a vehicle and answering technical questions relating to subjects they had previously studied. The apprentice who won out was Jamie Shaw from TMS Hinckley. Jamie was awarded with a glass trophy, along with a luxury goody bag, including a digital fluke meter.

Mark Ratcliffe, Programme Manager for Volvo said, “This was my 7th year hosting the graduation & awards ceremony and this for me encompasses everything good about our apprentice offering today. I am continuously overwhelmed by the standards achieved by our apprentices, and with our ‘Outstanding Programme’ I firmly believe we set a benchmark within the industry that others should aspire to.”

David Baddeley, Customer Service Director for Volvo Car UK said, ‘’The Volvo brand is one where our customers rightly expect a unique ‘Designed around You’ experience throughout their Volvo ownership. To deliver on this very high expectation requires a network of truly competent people, in every role.  The Volvo Apprentice Programme plays a vital role in first identifying and then developing the highly skilled and motivated individuals who are critical to the future success of Volvo. I look forward to seeing the careers of today’s Volvo Apprentice Graduates develop and grow as they play their part in the on-going success of Volvo in the UK and globally.”

Rob Gray, Head of Awarding Product Development for the IMI, and who also attended the event said, “It was great to attend the awards evening and celebrate the achievements of all the young people who had completed their apprenticeships. The recognition given to the special award winners- who had competed in a skills competition earlier in the day- was particularly exciting to see. Volvo have invested a great deal in training, and in doing so have provided an excellent opportunity for these youngsters to progress in their careers. I would personally like to wish them all the best for the future.”

Volvo Graduation Awards 2014 Winners
Jasmin Burfitt – Customer Service Level 3 Apprentice of the Year
Liam Underdown – 1st Year Service Technician Apprentice of the Year
Jason Ratcliffe – 2nd Year Service Technician Apprentice of the Year
Jamie Shaw – 3rd Year Service Technician Apprentice of the Year

Left to right top: Jason Ratcliffe, Liam Underdown. Left to right bottom: Jasmin Burfitt, Jamie Shaw

Image above: Left to right back row - Jasmin Burfitt, Ryan Lawrenson, Jamie Shaw, Chris Hardy, Luke Morris, Luke Preece, Josh Heald, Wayne Mills.Left to Right front row - Mark Collins, Charlie Simms, Rhys Bean, Charlie Brown