Aidan Cottingham from the Lancaster dealerpoint of Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland has won the Jim Keyden Volvo Trucks’ Apprentice of the Year award for 2019.
Cottingham (pictured centre) was presented with the trophy by Robert Grozdanovski, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland (left) along with Ian Wrench, Volvo Trucks Retail Development Director (right) during the annual Apprentice Awards ceremony, held at The McLaren Technology Centre near Woking. Grozdanovski also handed this year’s Highest Academic Achiever Award to Luke Hopkins from the Pontypridd dealerpoint of Truck & Bus Wales & West as well as the Highest Vocational Achiever Award to Michael Lawrence of Thomas Hardie Commercials’ Liverpool branch.
The ‘Grafter’ Award was given to Luke Maylin, based at the Wellingborough dealerpoint of Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia. The Volvo Trucks Commercial Academy Apprenticeship Programme was launched in 1995 and trainees put in more than four years of ‘block’ attendance at long-term partners of the scheme, Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire.
Since 1996, over 800 apprentices have graduated from the manufacturer’s apprentice programme and today there are more than 1,500 skilled technicians in the Volvo UK and Ireland dealer network. The Jim Keyden Award is awarded annually to the graduating Apprentice of the Year and is named in honour of Jim Keyden, who along with Jim McKelvie, founded Ailsa Trucks in Barrhead, Scotland in 1967, at that time the sole importers of Volvo Trucks for the UK and Ireland.