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From Apprentice to Master Technician in Just 12 Months

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Harry Garraway

Harry Garraway, 20-year old Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles technician, has topped off an incredible 2016 by not only winning a gold medal at the Skills Show, but also becoming the youngest qualified Master Technician the Volkswagen Group has ever had.

Having completed his Apprentice Programme at the end of 2015, Harry went on to become a Qualified Technician in March this year, and has now passed all the assessments required to achieve the highest technical level in the Van Centre network – Master Technician.

On the way he has been named Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Apprentice of the Year, Volkswagen Group Apprentice of the Year (where he attained 100% against the set criteria), was one of just five apprentices shortlisted for the IMI Outstanding, and one of just six UK technicians selected to take part in the Skills Show last month, where he took the gold medal in the final.

Carl zu Dohna, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We couldn’t be more proud of Harry’s achievements, and to become a qualified Master Technician so young and in such a short space of time is outstanding. He is an inspiration to all aspiring technicians and proof that developing skills in an apprenticeship position really can be the springboard for a great career. We look forward to watching his development and seeing his talent nurtured further.”

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