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17 January 2012 12:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom

Scania apprentice numbers continue to rise

The number of youngsters aspiring to become Scania commercial vehicle service personnel continues to increase with more than 50 students embarking on Scania Apprenticeship programmes between September 2011 and January 2012. This latest intake comprises 39 Apprentice Technicians, five Apprentice Parts Professionals and eight Apprentice Bus and Coach Technicians.

"These figures are part of a healthy upward trend which has seen our intake of Apprentices almost double over the past three years," comments Mark Grant, Aftersales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited.  "That is excellent news, not only for Scania and its customers but also for the transport sector in general, as today's new blood is the future lifeblood of our industry.

During their three-year programme, Scania Apprentices receive on-going training and support from the in-house team at Scania's award-winning UK Training Centre.  Centrally based near Loughborough, this facility features an extensive, fully fitted  workshop and state-of-the-art training rooms equipped with a personal computer for every student.  Between training blocks, Apprentices are continuously mentored and assessed by their employing Scania dealer.

Successful completion of a Scania Apprenticeship sees graduates secure two industry-recognised qualifications; the Institute of the Motor Industry Technical Certificate Level 2/3 and a National Vocational Qualification for Maintenance and Repair Heavy Vehicle, Level 2/3.

A recent addition to the courses offered is Scania's Bus and Coach Apprenticeship programme, which is delivered over a period of three years and leads to the Institute of the Motor Industry Diploma in Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Mechanical) (QCF) Level 2/3.   An optional fourth year, comprising additional Scania Bus and Coach technical courses, can be added to this programme.

"A key facet of the success of all our Apprentice programmes is the support they enjoy from our dealer network, which in turn is a reflection of our organisation's commitment to grow talent from within," adds Mark Grant.  "That said, we are delighted at the response to our new Bus and Coach Apprenticeship programme, which clearly demonstrates that operators too recognise there is no-one better to train their Apprentices to work on Scania vehicles than Scania itself."