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DAF apprentices take top honours


Apprentice truck technicians Darren Raines, Thomas Busby and Ryan Collins were the winners in the DAF Apprentice of the Year competition held recently in Bristol.

Darren Raines  AOY 1st YearAll three are enrolled on the prestigious three-year National Dealer Apprentice Programme which is run at the DAF Trucks Centre of Learning at City of Bristol College.

Darren Raines, 18, was the Year 1 winner. He is employed by DAF dealer Chatfields of Sheffield

The Year 2 winner was Thomas Busby, 19, who works for Channel Commercials at their Canterbury site.

The Graduate Year Apprentice of the Year was 22-year-old Ryan Collins. He is employed by Ford and Slater at their DAF dealership in Leicester.

Thomas Busby AOY 2nd YearSince the programme was established in 1995 it has become the largest training programme in the UK specialising in heavy good vehicle skills. This year 56 apprentices successfully completed the programme, bringing the total number of graduates to date to well over 400.

The apprentice technicians come from DAF dealerships throughout the UK and their three-year course combine hands-on workshop training with periods of residential study and practical training at the college. It is managed for DAF Trucks by Skillnet Automotive Academy, a major provider of government-funded vocational training.

Ryan Collins AOY 3rd yearAt the end of the programme each student emerges with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. This includes an NVQ at level 3, a BTEC National Certificate, a recognised welding certificate, and key skills in communication and information technology.

Students also satisfy several elements of the DAF Master Technician programme run at the company’s training centre at Thame in Oxfordshire, including basic electrics and brakes and the use of the Davie XD diagnostic tool.

Further study can lead to Level 4 of the Institute of the Motor Industry Certificate of Management. This includes an introduction to supervisory skills along with some legal and financial aspects of workshop operation and is a natural progression towards foreman or service manager status.

The programme is a fourway partnership between DAF Trucks, the DAF Dealer Network, Skillnet Automotive Academy and the City of Bristol College, at which the DAF Centre of Learning is located.


Picture Caption:
(l to r) Robert Baxter, Chairman of the DAF Dealer Service Panel, apprentice, Ray Ashworth, Commercial Operations Director, DAF Trucks.  

For further information please contact:
David Rowlands,
Automotive PR,
020 7494 8050,


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