For the fifth time in six years, DAF Trucks has been recognised in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List for 2016. Compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Top 100 List is drawn-up annually and was announced at the National Apprentice Awards on 20th January at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
DAF Trucks is the only commercial vehicle manufacturer to have appeared as consistently in the Top 100 List since compilations began in 2010.
DAF Trucks again features in the Top 100 List as a result of the National Apprenticeship Service recognising ‘excellence in businesses that employ apprentices’. A tough selection process identifies exceptional apprenticeships from across all the National Apprenticeship Award employer categories.
Now its 21st year, the DAF Apprentice Programme is regarded by many in the industry as the benchmark commercial vehicle training scheme for young people. DAF Trucks has trained in excess of 1,500 Apprentices since its inception in 1995, while a full 20% of all DAF Technicians at dealer level were trained on DAF Apprenticeships.
Tony Shepherd, Business Services Manager, said, “The DAF Apprentice Programme is becoming a regular fixture in the Top 100 List for good reason; it is quite simply the biggest and best apprentice programme in the commercial vehicle industry. In fact,” he said, “I would place the DAF Apprentice Programme alongside the best in any industry.
“DAF Apprentices are at the beginning of their careers,” he added, “so it’s crucial we provide them with the means to get off to a great start,” he said, “In a changing world, we are constantly honing the DAF Apprentice Programme in line with emerging technologies and our latest services – that’s why so many DAF Apprentices go on to long and successful careers within the company. The success of the DAF Apprentice Programme is thanks also,” he said, “to the support DAF Dealer network – in itself the biggest and best network in the CV business.”