Now in its 13th year, National Apprenticeship Week (3rd-9th February 2020) raises awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships for young people and for companies looking to nurture home-grown talent.
Westbury-based Rygor is proud to be an apprentice employer. Dalton Crew is one of Rygor’s third-year Truck Technician Apprentices. Dalton has been working for Rygor, as part of its Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle apprenticeship programme since 2017. We interviewed Dalton to find out how he’s finding his apprenticeship journey so far.
What is your role within the Rygor business?
I’m currently in my third year of a Mercedes-Benz Level 3 Service and Maintenance Heavy Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship. This course lasts four years, at which point I’ll be a fully qualified Heavy Vehicle Technician.
How did you find out about the Mercedes-Benz apprenticeship scheme and why did it appeal to you?
Rygor’s Communications Manager visited my school for a Careers day and as soon as I heard her speak, I knew that I wanted to find out more. I love trucks, always have done since I was a little boy. My Dad was a truck driver and I’ve always been keen on taking things apart and putting them back together!
What does a typical day look like as an apprentice Heavy Vehicle Technician?
It’s an early start for us, work gets allotted at 6am and I start working through my job list. This can be anything from inspections to fault diagnosis, maintenance and electrical work. It’s really varied.
Has the Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship met your expectations?
It’s exceeded them! I have learnt how to do things that I never thought I’d be able to do, and I get to spend all day working on vehicles that I’ve spent all my life learning about through magazines and shows. It’s so enjoyable.
What’s been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?
I recently did a full engine head re-build. It was the first time I’d done a full head strip re-build and was a really complex job. It’s achievements like this that make the programme so worth-while. I got my hands dirty and achieved what I wanted. What a great day!
What is the best thing about working for Rygor?
The lads are brilliant, and I’ve made some really good friends. There is always someone on hand to answer questions and between the team, there’s probably over a hundred years of practical experience between them.
Describe working for Rygor in three words….
Investment in me.
The Rygor Group is an award-winning Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer. It has branches throughout Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West London, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, offering extensive coverage for customers throughout the M5, M4 and M42 corridors.
Pictured above: Rygor’s Dalton Crew.