Scania Apprentices showcase skills in nationwide competition
From 18-20 July, five Scania Apprentices will compete in the national qualifiers for the annual IMI WorldSkills UK – Heavy Vehicle Engineering competition held at the Scania Training Centre in Loughborough.
To reach this stage, the qualifiers completed an online test on the IMI website, the top-15 have been invited to the regional finals where they will take on six practical tasks to demonstrate their technical skills and abilities.
Areas of assessment include: braking systems, engine electrics and steering/suspension. Judges will also be looking for other skills expected of a successful technician such as time management, planning and problem solving skills.
The top-six apprentices progressing to the final which will be held at the WorldSkills UK LIVE show at the NEC, Birmingham, between 15-17 November.
Technical Training Manager at Scania, Dean Rippon, comments: “This is a great opportunity for Scania to host the heats for the WorldSkills UK competition 2018. The competition will be a real test of the skills and abilities of all the apprentices involved. It provides an opportunity for them to showcase their skills and for the judges to look for apprentices who shine whilst working under pressure.”
Scania Apprentice Programme Manager at Skillnet Limited, Dave Walker, explains: “It’s a very intense day for the apprentices as they take part in six tasks, each of which is 45 minutes to one hour. Certain parts of the tasks have been included to stretch and challenge the competitors as the judges are looking for those with that special something.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the apprentices to show what they can do and highlight the extremely high level that they’re operating at. All sorts of industries are represented at the show in November, so it’s great that Heavy Vehicles are now represented there and promoted as a potential career path.”
Scania Apprentices competing this year are:
- Joseph Hannan, Scania GB Normanton
- Rob Darroch, Haydock Commercial, Ellesmere Port
- Steven Davies, Scania GB Fareham
- Callum Younger, Scania GB Darlington
- James Martin, Scania GB South Mimms
2018 marks the third year the competition will include Heavy Vehicle Engineering as a category and has been won by a Scania Apprentice every year so far. Shaun Richards from Scania UK Heathrow took the gold medal in 2016, with Luke Copplestone from the same depot following in his footsteps in 2017.
Daily winners of the national qualifiers will be announced next week, but the final results of the national qualifiers and the names of the apprentices through to the next round are expected to be announced just ahead of the WorldSkills UK LIVE show.