Volvo Motherwell announces Apprentice of the Year award winner

(L-R) Paul Douglas (vice president of Volvo Rigid Haulers and managing director of Terex Trucks), Paul Tierney (HR director), Ross Kerr and Paul Hudson (operations director) at the award ceremony in Motherwell

MANUFACTURER of Volvo rigid and Terex Trucks articulated haulers, Volvo Motherwell, has announced the winner of its Apprentice of the Year award.

Ross Kerr said he was “beyond thrilled” to win the award, which he was awarded at the Dalziel Park Hotel in Motherwell recently by vice president of Volvo Rigid Haulers and managing director of Terex Trucks, Paul Douglas.

Wishaw local Ross added, “It is very special and has really topped off an excellent experience. Working alongside and learning from my peers over the past four years has equipped me with lifelong skills that I now look forward to practicing in my new role.”

Ross’s career will continue within Volvo as he now progresses to the role of manufacturing engineer.

Fellow apprentices Fraser Blackwood, Graeme Blake, Chris Keegan, Paul Murdoch and Allan Foy were also shortlisted for the award and were subject to a selection process that involved input from East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA) assessor, Dave Elliot, and a peer group assessment.

The judging panel took academic excellence, aptitude, ability and leadership quality into consideration before making its final decision.

The apprentices were recruited through EKGTA and spent one day a week at college and four days in the factory over their four-year apprenticeships. All six apprentices finished this year and now have permanent roles within the organisation.

Paul Tierney, HR director said, “All our shortlisted apprentices demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and a broad skill-set, but Ross’s ability to address challenges with a mature and logical manner has not gone unnoticed.

“His positive, can-do attitude towards a situation has established him as a very well respected member of staff amongst his peers and I am confident that he will go on to secure a successful career within the industry.”