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Harry has the skills to show

Added: 20 September 2016

Our very own high-flying technician Harry Garraway has been chosen to represent the Volkswagen Van Centre at this year’s Skills Show, which is being held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from 17 to 19 November.

This is a huge achievement for the 20-year-old, who is one of only six technicians in the UK to reach the final of a competition that tests the nation’s best young technicians.

Harry works at Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre Bristol, where he has made a huge impression since joining three and a half years ago. He completed his apprentice programme at the end of 2015, became a qualified technician in March and is now on the way to achieving his ambition of becoming a master technician before his 21st birthday in April 2017.

Harry has demonstrated a host of skills along the way, and has been named Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ apprentice of the year and Volkswagen Group apprentice of the year – having scored a perfect 100 per cent against set criteria.

In addition, he is one of just five apprentices who have been shortlisted for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Outstanding Achievers award 2016.

Erica Belsom, People Development Manager for the brand, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Harry. It is an incredible achievement in such a short space of time. His dedication, hard work and commitment to the cause got him to where he is today and he is an inspiration to everyone in the Volkswagen Group.”

Harry said: “I couldn’t be happier! It’s like a dream come true being selected to represent the brand at the Skills Show. In the past three years, I’ve learnt so much and grown not only as an apprentice and employee, but also as a person.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in mechanics to join the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ apprenticeship scheme.”

We are extremely proud to have Harry as part of our valued team at Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre Bristol and would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication.

Above: Harry Garraway (right) receiving his 2015 apprentice of the year award from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Head of Service and Parts, Trevor Hodgson-Phillips.

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