Hartshorne Group’s Will Guest has become the first HGV apprentice technician in England to be awarded a distinction for the IMI’s Heavy Vehicle End Point Assessment.
The Level 3 apprenticeship, supported by partner Remit Training, involved academic learning and on-the-job training at the Volvo Trucks dealer Hartshorne’s Shrewsbury depot.
The culmination of the course sees the students undergo a two-day assessment including written tests and practical exercises, producing a portfolio of repair and maintenance work overseen by an exam assessor. At the end of the assessment the participants are awarded a pass, merit or distinction depending on their results. The Heavy Vehicle apprentice qualification is undertaken by all truck manufacturers, and Will is the first technician in England to gain a distinction.
Will said: “It’s fantastic that all the hard work has paid off. The majority of my learning has been through working alongside my colleagues at the Hartshorne depot in Shrewsbury; they have supported me every step of the way and I couldn’t be more thankful.
“My manager Paul Hughes has been a huge source of information and support, as has the whole team really. There were around 15 apprentices in my group on the course – so it was good to meet the apprentices from the other Hartshorne depots. Hopefully we can all go on and have long and successful careers in the industry.”
Wayne Daniels, EPA & Gateway Manager for Remit, added: “During his assessments, Will was methodical, calm and collected. He asked questions before he began, to ensure he understood what was required of him and worked in a logical manner. His write-ups were clear, concise and contained all relevant test figures and diagnostic procedures.
“He is fully deserving of his distinction grade and is an excellent example of what can be achieved with the right support, resources and a student-focused team with a clear process to follow. I wish him all the best for the future in our industry knowing he will improve its reputation and ours as an outstanding technician.”