Volkswagen Group Apprentice Announced

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:20
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating for the second year running, as Damir Zubairi, an apprentice service technician from Citygate Van Centre, London has been named Volkswagen Group Apprentice of the Year 2016.

Picking up the award at the Volkswagen Group’s Apprenticeship Programme graduation event at Rockingham, Damir says he is now looking to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Harry Garraway from Heritage Van Centre, and work his way up to the highest rank of Master Technician in the Commercial Vehicles brand.

Having had a passion for all things automotive since a young age, Damir has gone from strength to strength during his three years as an apprentice and was overwhelmed to be awarded the accolade.

He said: “I’m surprised and honoured to have won and now look forward to carrying on working hard, becoming a master technician and going as far as I possibly can within Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. I encourage current apprentices to give their very best throughout the course. Three years seems like a long time, but the sense of accomplishment when you qualify is second to none.”

Training apprentices in world-class facilities and learning on-hand from experts, the Volkswagen Apprenticeship Programme aims to give all apprentices the skills they need to build their careers. The programme includes courses for Service Technicians, Parts Advisors and Service Advisors, and combines learning and working in a Van Centre as well as the Group’s National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes.

John Connelly, Apprentice Training Manager, says: “From the very start, Damir established what was needed to become a successful apprentice; to satisfy his thirst for knowledge he was always keen to ask questions and he showed a determination which helped him complete his apprenticeship on time and to a very high standard. He passed his service technician assessment at the first attempt, scoring 100 per cent on his assessment papers. Damir always behaved in a professional manner and his gregarious character gained him friends within his group and the ability to share his knowledge with his peers.”

Erica Belsom, People Development Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Damir and I’m delighted to hear his ambition to continue his development. For our brand to have the top apprentice two years in a row is fantastic for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It helps support our commitment to our customers to have the best trained staff in our network of Van Centres: fully trained people who can keep their vans on the road and their businesses moving forward.

“The Apprenticeship Programme is a great start for anyone looking to launch a career in the motor industry. It’s a qualification that unlocks many doors for future opportunities.”

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