Philip Ganley from Lutterworth battled it out against up and coming mechanics from across the UK to be named the second year Apprentice of the Year at Scania (Great Britain) Limited’s 2009 Apprentice of the Year competition.
The 21 year old, who works for Keltruck Lutterworth was handpicked as one of the top four best performing apprentices in his year. On the day apprentices were put through their paces at Scania’s national training centre in Loughborough with a series of tasks to compete for the podium finish. Automotive training provider Skillnet Limited, which delivers the Scania Apprentice Programme, had a team of assessors on hand to judge the competition.
The 12 finalists, made up of four from each first, second and third year, were selected for the competition based on their performance during the year. This included their coursework, attitude and overall performance on the Scania Apprenticeship Programme. The competition was made up of four main tasks, which included a parts recognition written exam, and practical timed tests in the workshop.
Apprentice of the Year, Philip, said: “I am so pleased to have been selected to compete in this event. All the apprentices were really strong contenders and I am delighted to come out on top. I have had great support from both Keltruck and Skillnet throughout my training.”
Philip Ganley was awarded with a certificate, multimeter and socket set, which was provided by Skillnet Limited. Philip was presented with his prize by James Armstrong, Aftersales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited.
Philip Haywood, Depot manager at Keltruck Lutterworth, said: “We are extremely proud of Philip to have been named second year Scania Apprentice of the Year, he has worked really hard over the last year and this award just proves that he has a great future with Scania and Keltruck. It has been a fantastic 12 months for Phil, he met David Cameron earlier in the year and will also feature in the new Scania brochure. This award is just the icing on the cake for all his efforts in 2009.”
The Scania Apprentice Programme, which is delivered by automotive training specialists Skillnet Limited, was started in 1995 and combines on-the-job training across Scania’s network of 90 dealers with block training at Scania’s national training centre.
Stephen Brown, Programme Manager for Scania (Great Britain) Limited, said: “We have had a high calibre of apprentices on our programme this year and the competition was tough. We are very proud of Philip, it is a real achievement for Philip to be named Scania’s Apprentice of the Year 2009.”
The four-year programme leads to an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification and an NVQ Level 3 in Heavy Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, as well as the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Technical Diploma.
For further information about the Scania Apprentice Programme visit scania.co.uk/apprenticeships or telephone 01923 216165.