Suzuki announce apprentice winners

Suzuki GB announced the winners of their 2007 Apprentice of the Year awards last week, as the Japanese manufacturer held a gala event in Nottingham to celebrate another successful year for the scheme and its students.

With the scheme taking students through three-years of training towards a NVQ level-three qualification, Suzuki was pleased to award students for each year, along with a new memorial award to celebrate the life of Suzuki Apprentice student Tim Crewdson, who tragically lost his life in a car accident earlier this year.

In the main awards, Michael Drynan of Saltire Suzuki in Edinburgh scooped the year-one award, with Mitchell Freeman of Crescent Suzuki in Dorset taking the year-two title. For year-three students, it was Laura Hooper of Performance Suzuki in Tewksbury who would scoop the final award, adding to her ‘Outstanding Technical Student’ title, awarded by the Institute of the Motor Industry earlier this year.

Rachel Davies of Millenium Motorcycles was presented the Tim Crewdson Award for Outstanding Effort & Achievement, in a moving presentation by Tim’s parents.

Speaking after the event in Nottingham, Suzuki GB’s Denis Houston commented, “Congratulations not only to our winners, but to everyone involved in this years program. Once again the scheme has proven to be a very worthwhile exercise in developing talent as well as our own dealer network. I’d also like to thank the parents of Tim Crewdson for coming along and presenting the memorial award”.

Background: Established in 2003, the Suzuki Apprentice Scheme is open to authorised Suzuki dealership staff, and takes students through three years of training towards an NVQ level three qualification. Concentrating solely on Suzuki product, students have the advantage of working with Suzuki trained lecturers, covering classroom theory and practical experience both in the workplace and at Suzuki’s training centre in Nottingham.

For further press information contact Luke Plummer or Helen Morgan at the Suzuki GB Press Office, Tel: 01296 680086 or 07725 956783

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