The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) has awarded its first distinction to an HGV apprentice technician. 

Will Guest, from Volvo dealer Hartshorne Group, was given the grade for the IMI’s Heavy Vehicle End Point Assessment.

Specifically, the qualifications are recognised nationwide as a benchmark for those training in the sector.

As a result, the first distinction is a big deal for Guest and his employer. 

The Level 3 apprenticeship involved academic learning and on-the-job training, carried out at Hartshorne’s Shrewsbury depot.

To qualify, all students have to complete a two-day assessment that includes written tests and practical exercises. 

In addition, they are asked to produce a portfolio of repair and maintenance work. 

At the end of the assessment, the participants are awarded a pass, merit or distinction depending on their results. 

The Heavy Vehicle apprentice qualification is undertaken by all truck manufacturers.

However, in the case of Guest, it is the first distinction a distinction has been given out in England. 

Naturally, he is delighted with his efforts after a lot of hard work.

“The majority of my learning has been through working alongside my colleagues at the Hartshorne depot in Shrewsbury,” he said. 

“They have supported me every step of the way and I couldn’t be more thankful.

“In addition, my manager Paul Hughes has been a huge source of information and support.”

Guest explained he was in a group of around 15 apprentices.

“Hopefully we can all go on and have long and successful careers,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Wayne Daniels, from Remit Training – which supported the course – hailed Guest as “methodical, calm and collected”. 

“He asked questions before he began, to ensure he understood what was required of him,” stated Daniels.

“Also, his write-ups were clear, concise and contained all relevant test figures and diagnostic procedures.”