Suzuki GB PLC hosted the annual graduation ceremony for its Advanced Apprenticeship Programme (AAP) at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire. Out of the 24 trainee technicians from Suzuki’s automobile, motorcycle and ATV UK retail networks who graduated this year, a total of 18 collected their certificates from Suzuki GB MD, Nobuo Suyama, and director of aftersales Denis Houston.
The prestigious event, attended by more than 100 guests, marks 15 years of the programme following its launch in 2003. Since then, hundreds of young apprentices have gone on to complete the highly sought-after scheme, which takes place over 36 months for technicians, and two years for aftersales parts consultants.
Participants this year spanned Devon in the south, to Dumfries in the north. They were rewarded with mentoring and full-time employment at a Suzuki dealership that has also committed to paying for their apprentice’s training and qualifications. Among many other benefits, individuals equally receive one week’s tuition every two months at the £1.5 million state-of-the-art Bosch-run training centre training facility in Doncaster (South Yorkshire), which was formally unveiled earlier this year, as well as a fully structured career path.
The 18 apprentice technicians who attended the ceremony out of the 24 graduates were:
Joshua Beddis Frasers of Gloucester (Gloucestershire)
Paul Belfield A&D Motorcycles, Denbigh (North Wales)
Mitchell Betts Two Wheel Centre, Mansfield (Nottinghamshire)
James Newall 5-Ways Motorcycles Centre, Kingston Upon Hull (East Riding of Yorkshire)
James Scott Two Wheel Centre, Mansfield (Nottinghamshire)
Joe Skellern Single Tracker Motorcycles, Crewe (Cheshire)
James Wilkinson SPS Motox, Melton Mowbray (Leicestershire)
Paul Swinbank H Pigney & Son, Appleby-in-Westmorland (Cumbria)