MITSUBISHI Motors has recognised the efforts of second-year students participating in its officially-recognised Advanced Apprenticeship with a brace of new awards.

Following the rapid growth of the apprenticeship programme and to reward the commitment of students’ who are two-thirds of the way through the three-year course, the manufacturer’s training centre established new ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Apprentice of the Year’ awards.

Tom Davies, 19, who works at Colley Mitsubishi in Cwmbran, won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, while Ryan Daldry, 19, of Devonshire Motors in Barnstaple scooped the ‘Most Improved Apprentice of the Year’ award.

Colley Mitsubishi’s Tom Davies, right, and Lee Richards, After Sales Manager, with his Apprentice of the Year award from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

Colley Mitsubishi’s Tom Davies, right, and Lee Richards, After Sales Manager, with his Apprentice of the Year award from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

Like their fellow apprentices on the course, Tom and Ryan are working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles from the Institute of the Motor Industry, the professional association for the people working in the motor trade. They undergo block release technical training at Mitsubishi Motors’ Gloucestershire HQ and intensive, ‘hands-on’ tuition at their dealerships.

At the end of the course students achieve full Mitsubishi technician status.

The two apprentices were delighted at their award wins, both praising the working environment at their respective dealerships and how the structure of the apprenticeship has helped with their learning journey.

On Tom’s win, Lee Richards, After Sales Manager at Colley Mitsubishi, said: “I wasn’t surprised to hear Tom won the award as in 25 years of being in the motor industry, he’s one of the best apprentices that I’ve ever worked with. He’s made excellent progress and has a fantastic attitude, always being willing to take on new challenges and try his best.”

Devonshire Motors’ award-winning Mitsubishi apprentice Ryan Daldry, left, and Phil Wells, After Sales Manager.

Devonshire Motors’ award-winning Mitsubishi apprentice Ryan Daldry, left, and Phil Wells, After Sales Manager.

Commenting on Ryan’s success, Phil Wells, After Sales Manager at Devonshire Motors, said: “Ryan has come on massively since starting his apprenticeship and this award from the manufacturer officially recognises his commitment and ability.

“His grades have shown consistent improvement, but what is even more impressive is how his confidence has grown – his rate of learning and technical ability is really impressive as is his attitude. We’re extremely proud of him and delighted to have him as part of our technical team.”

Gary Preece, Technical Trainer, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK Training Academy, added: “It is great that the achievements of Tom and Ryan have been recognised here at the Training Academy and at their respective dealerships.”