Louis Warburton, Bentley Apprentice Ambassador for the UK’s National Apprenticeship Service and a junior engineer, was one of 27 apprentices from twelve countries to be recognised for outstanding professional competence.
The Volkswagen Group’s Best Apprentice Award ceremony was held in Stuttgart, Germany with awards going out to the company’s top young achievers from all over the world.
Professor Dr Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft gave out the awards saying: “On the road to becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker Volkswagen needs every single employee – particularly tomorrow’s top performers. The Volkswagen Group brands will shine even brighter in future with committed and motivated young employees like those we are honouring today.”
This year, the Volkswagen Group is training 12,145 apprentices worldwide, with 8,736 of these based in Germany. In the UK, Bentley has seen a 300 per cent increase in apprenticeship applications in 2011.
“Bentley has always been strongly committed to skills development and apprenticeships and is very active in promoting careers in the industry,” says Christine Gaskell, Bentley Motors’ member of the Board for Personnel. “This award for Louis is testament to his own passion and enthusiasm and to the commitment of the company in developing the very best from all our staff.”
Apart from attending the award ceremony, Louis and his fellow winners took part in a programme spanning several days where they got to visit the Baden-Württemberg capital city of Stuttgart and the Porsche plant, museum and training centre for automotive mechatronics fitters.