Mercedes-Benz crowns its truck and van stars of the future

18 July 2019

Two of the truck and van industry’s brightest young talents have embarked on a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ week of work experience with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1™ team after winning prestigious accolades from Mercedes-Benz.

Jack Cawood, of Northside Truck & Van, landed the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Parts Apprentice of the Year award, while Sparshatt Truck & Van’s Sidney Randall took the Technician Apprentice honours.

The two were chosen from shortlists of three for each job category, on the basis of their positive attitudes and behaviours, as well as their performances in online tests and practical assignments.

Their prizes include an opportunity to work and learn at the Brackley headquarters of the Formula 1™ World Champions, in the run-up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Jack and Sidney were presented with their trophies by David Joyce, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK’s Director, Customer Services & Operations, and Sam Whittaker, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK’s Director, Customer Service & Operations – all six finalists and their guests enjoyed a day to remember at the Mercedes-Benz World brand experience centre in Brooklands, Surrey.

Sam commented: “All of our finalists are right up there with the very best apprentices in the automotive industry. They have demonstrated exceptional levels of engagement and commitment to learning, while their drive to succeed is truly impressive.

“The individuals whose achievements we now celebrate will be the leaders of tomorrow. With their tremendous enthusiasm for the job, and clear grasp of the crucial importance of customer service, I have absolute confidence that the future of our business and brand is in safe hands.”

The six Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Apprentice of the Year finalists were:

Parts Apprentices

Winner, Jack Cawood, Northside Truck & Van, Hull

Andrew Edwards, Roanza Truck & Van, Deeside

Sofia Keilholz, Intercounty Truck & Van, Wellingborough

Technician Apprentices

Winner, Sidney Randall, Sparshatt Truck & Van, Dartford

David Bainbridge, Northside Truck & Van, Hull

Harry Frolich, Rygor Commercials, Heathrow