Scott Compton from Swindon battled it out against up and coming mechanics from across the UK to come third at Scania (Great Britain) Limited’s 2009 Apprentice of the Year competition.
The 19 year old, who works for Scania GB Swindon, 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 the four top performing apprentices from the first, second and third year of Scania’s Apprenticeship programme, were selected for the competition based on their year’s performance. 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.
Winner of third place for the prize of Scania’s third year Apprentice of the Year, Scott Compton, said: “To have been selected as one of the top four apprentices in my year is a great achievement. Then on the day to receive an award is fantastic, I am really pleased I achieved third place. The competition was really tough, so I think I did really well.”
Winners were announced on the day and awarded with a certificate and screwdriver set, which was provided by Skillnet Limited. Winners were presented their prizes by James Armstrong, Aftersales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited.
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 all the finalists and it is a real achievement for Scott to reach the final.”
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. 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 www.scania.co.uk/apprenticeships or telephone 01923 21616