Toyota Celebrates Apprentices’ Achievements

19 June 2012

Talent rewarded in graduation ceremony and apprentice of the year awards

Toyota has been rewarding the brightest and best young talent in its training academy and workshops with its annual graduation ceremony and Apprentice of the Year awards.

Young men and women who have completed their Toyota and Lexus training enjoyed a graduation day that mixed presentation formalities with fun activities. The group of 28 were joined by their families for the occasion, organised by the Toyota and Lexus Academy in Nottingham (Toyota’s central UK training facility) and hosted at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire in May. Francesco Mereu, Toyota HR Director, presented certificates to the graduating apprentices, formally confirming their status as fully qualified service technicians, body and paint technicians and parts and service advisors.

The day also included a fun driving challenge to test skill and accuracy at the wheel of a Toyota Aygo, with a benchmark score set by The Stig, a surprise guest at the occasion.

The 2011/2012 Toyota and Lexus graduates are: –

Daniel Aspinall Vantage Knaresborough

Mark Baines Lindop Bros, Queensferry

Carl Banning Sims Toyota, Northampton

Anthony Blears RRG Bury

Sam Burness Octagon Bracknell

Matthew Crame Lexus Swindon

Joseph Dalton RRG Altrincham

Jack Dodsley Lexus Leicester

Phillip Donaghey Sims Toyota, Northampton

David Freeman Lookers Rayleigh

James Gascoigne Ron Brooks Macclesfield

Daniel Goodson Dingles Toyota (Norfolk and Suffolk)

Alex Hands Charles Clark Wolverhampton

Daniel Hardy Marshalls of Peterborough

Timothy Hart Pentagon Doncaster

Karl Jones Motorline (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)

Martin Jones Lexus Milton Keynes

Sean Kennedy Lexus Coventry

James Logue Marshall of Peterborough

Rebecca Marsh Gordon Lamb Chesterfield

Robert McNeill Lexus Sidcup

Christian Medina Curries Twickenham

Stuart Neary H.W. Moon, Wigan

Marshall Shipley Pinkstones, Stoke on Trent

Ruth Stafford Farmer and Carlisle, Lougborough

Mark Strong Lexus Reading

Daniel Taylor Lexus Newcastle

Naren Vajesang Jemca Edgware Road

Apprentice of the Year

Practical and theory skills are tested to the limit in the annual Toyota and Lexus Apprentice of the Year competition, which took place this year on 11 May at the Toyota and Lexus Academy.

The finalists, who qualified for a place in the final through preliminary testing, got to know each other at a pre-event dinner the night before the competition. On the day each was required to complete four 40-minute tasks relevant to their work as service technicians, body and paint technicians or parts advisors. Testing took place at work stations, monitored by managers, trainers and assessors.

The intense testing over, all participants were able to relax by taking part in an endurance karting competition, prior to an evening awards presentation, hosted by Paul Craven, General Manager of the Toyota Academy.

The 2012 winners are: –

Service Technician

Year 1 Thomas Hurn Dingles Toyota

Year 2 Ben Rollison Listers Toyota Attleborough

Year 3 James Gearing Octagon Toyota Reading

Overall winner James Gearing

Parts Advisor

Year 2 Don Sabatino RRG Salford Quays

Year 3 Tom Roe Lexus Hull

Overall winner Tom Roe

Body and Paint Technician

Overall winner Andrew McPhie RRG Bolton Accident and Repair Centre

All competitors received a commemorative medal and year winners were presented with a trophy and digital camera. The three overall winners received a trophy, a Blackberry tablet and a personally engraved silver trophy, which they retain for a year.


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