Darren Lee from a third year apprentice at Sunwin Motors in Nottingham, Daniel Kirkland from Wessex garage Newport, who is a second year apprentice, and Carrie Crombie, a parts consultant from Reg Vardy in Aberdeen have all earned the accolade Apprentice of the Year 2006.
From the 170 apprentices 12 were selected to come to a training centre based in Nottingham for a full day of testing, ranging from fault diagnostics to part recognition to measurement exercises. At the end of the day the results were added up and the awards were presented by Nissan’s technical support manager Jon Hill.
He said: “Without these types of schemes the standard of expertise in our industry would be seriously affected. Dealers have to commit a lot of time and expense to allow the apprentice to attend weekly courses throughout the year but the rewards are substantial. The knowledge gained by the apprentice in these environments is top class. Not only are they being taught by highly skilled Nissan training staff but also on the latest Nissan equipment and components.”
The Nissan Advanced Apprenticeship programme is a training scheme fully supported by the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI) and the Government approved NVQ system. It is a three year course involving block training of between six to eight weeks at a time, based at a centrally located technical centre.
Darren Lee, Nottingham
Daniel Kirkland, Newport
Carrie Crombie, Aberdeen