Suzuki announce 2011 apprentice of the year winners

Suzuki GB announced the winners of their Apprentice of the Year awards last week, at their training centre in Nottingham, celebrating another successful year for the scheme and its apprentices.

With first and second year Motorcycle Technician candidates nominated by their trainers following a review of their performance throughout the course, third year apprentices underwent a series of demanding tests to determine the winner and the runners-up.

In the first and second year categories, Jack Kuhnert of Crescent Motorcycles in Verwood scooped the first year title, receiving an I-Pod Nano 8Gb, while Dominic Mercer of Pro Bike in Newbury took the second year title and received and I-Pod Touch 8Gb.

For third year apprentices, it was Russell Treagus of CMW Motorcycles in Chichester who would earn the title, with Thomas Rhodes of Scotspeed Motorcycles Ltd in Dumfries and Sam Stroud of Premier Motorcycles Ltd in West Wickham taking the runner-up positions. Russell also received and I-Pod touch 32Gb, and Thomas and Sam both received and I-Pod Nano 8Gb.

Speaking after the event in Nottingham, Suzuki GB’s Denis Houston, Director, Aftersales, commented, “Congratulations not only to our winners, but to everyone involved in this year’s program. Once again the scheme has proven a very worthwhile exercise in developing workshop talent in our own dealer network and industry as a whole. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the trainers and dealers involved, for supporting these apprentices in their bid to further their skills, and to improve their own dealership skill base at the same time.”

Also in attendance at the event was three-times British Superbike Champion John Reynolds, who used his racing skills against the apprentices, on a four-Bike Manx TT Arcade Simulator.

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