Honda (UK) Apprentice Graduation Day Celebrates Class Of 2012


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SLOUGH, UNITE4D KINGDOM – Dec 12, 2012: Seventy apprentice graduates from Honda (UK)’s Car, Motorcycle and Power Equipment business areas took to the stage last week to receive certificates confirming their successful completion of Honda’s acclaimed UK apprenticeship programme. The Class of 2012 were awarded their scrolls by Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK) at its bespoke training facility, the Honda Institute, in Slough.

In addition, special awards were presented to apprentices who have excelled in their field over the year in each of four categories:

  • Cars - Joshua Claridge (21), Newbury Honda
  • Motorcycles – Nathan Searle (20), Bransons Motorcycles, Gloucester
  • Power Equipment – Vince Thorpe (22), ATVs ‘R’ Us, Wells (Somerset)
  • Parts Operations – John Murdoch (19), Phoenix Honda, Paisley

    Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK) commented, “As some of the best-prepared apprentices of any industry in the UK these young people have a very bright future. They have worked tremendously hard, showing commitment, passion and dedication. These qualities, along with the technical skills that they have developed during their training, mean that each has given themselves every chance to succeed in their future careers.”

    Honda (UK)’s apprenticeship programme consistently scores above the national average for completion rates. The programme takes place over two years for Lawn and Garden and Parts Operations, and three years for Car and Motorcycle/ATV. During this time apprentices are employed by their local Honda dealership and attend block training at the Honda Institute working on products within one of the four divisions. Qualified apprentice graduates achieve NVQ Level Two for Lawn & Garden and Parts Operations and NVQ Level Three for Cars and Motorcycle/ATV.

    The Honda Institute was opened in 2001, and is the home of people development for Honda in the UK. Working with sector skills and industry bodies, the Honda Institute provides a measurable contribution to business performance. Some 10,000 people are employed in Honda’s dealer network, and the Institute delivers approximately 25,000 days worth of training every year.

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