Volvo Motherwell announces latest apprentice intake

VOLVO Motherwell has added six new apprentices to its workforce in North Lanarkshire.

The manufacturer of Volvo rigid and Terex Trucks articulated haulers, said the modern apprentices were selected following a process which involved a multi-disciplinary test, interviews, an assessment centre day then a final interview with the senior management team.

The paid Modern Apprenticeship scheme provides practical experience and qualifications including Scottish Vocational Qualifications and National Certificates.

The apprentices comprise of Mark Rankin and Craig Shaw (manufacturing engineering department), Marc Walsh (technical publications division), Reece Alexander (maintenance fitting), Jack Murray (production control), and Jamie Clarkson (graduate apprentice electrical design engineer).

Jamie will complete a BEng (Hons) degree in Engineering: Design and Manufacturing as part of Volvo Motherwell’s first year of partnership with the University of Strathclyde on a graduate apprenticeship scheme. He said, “Having the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills alongside studying for my degree is invaluable, and securing a role at a globally recognised company such as Volvo is a great step forward in my career aspirations.

“I’m looking forward to learning from the existing colleagues behind the heavy-duty machines that roll out of the Motherwell factory. I first found out about the company through a visit to the factory when I was at school so it’s exciting to now work here.”

Volvo said that, as part of their induction programme, the team has test-driven the haulers, taken part in team building activities and enjoyed a welcome lunch with Paul Douglas, vice president Volvo Rigid Haulers & MD of Terex Trucks.

Paul Douglas said, “Our Modern Apprenticeship scheme is now in its sixth year and every year we have seen the number of applications grow; this year we had over 100 applications for the six roles and it’s the highest standard of candidates we’ve ever had. Through our unique programme we are committed to upskilling our new recruits and preparing them for a successful career in a variety of disciplines.

“We’re proud to welcome young, local and passionate people through the doors and it’s always a great feeling to see our apprentices succeed in practical applications as well academically. With both internal and external award ceremonies, as well as apprenticeship-led construction projects, we are continuously encouraging apprentices to take on new challenges and grow their skillsets.”