Apprentice Drives the Future At Wessex DAF
2nd September 2019
All the way from New Zealand, 18 year old Marina Boura settled in Devon four years ago and has just started a three year apprenticeship in heavy vehicle repair maintenance at Wessex DAF.
“I really enjoy the working environment and look forward to qualifying”, Said Marina.
She is mentored on a daily basis by technician Dean Mansell. He said “Having been through the apprenticeship scheme myself I know how rewarding it can be and how valuable they are to local businesses. We are all looking forward to seeing how Marina progresses.”
Apprentices are employed at one of 3 locations; Newton Abbot, Taunton and Saltash, where they work alongside qualified technicians, learning from their experience and developing the ability to work as part of a successful team.
They are also part of the coveted DAF Trucks Dealer Apprenticeship Programme and attend the DAF Trucks Centre of Learning at City of Bristol College in two week blocks throughout their apprenticeship, gaining nationally recognised qualifications in the process.
The Wessex DAF Apprenticeship Programme gives young adults from the age of 16 the chance to join a select group of specialist technicians working on some of the most modern and sophisticated trucks on the road.
Wessex DAF HR Manager Heather Crail said “It's not just a job. It is the first step in a career that gives the opportunity to advance, succeed and fulfil ambitions within the motor industry. They receive a wage as well as training both on and off site. Apprentices are a really good investment in the future of our business”.
To become a DAF Apprentice students must have gained, or expect, a minimum of 3 GCSE's at grade C or above, one of which must be Math, and have a genuine interest in all things mechanical.