A TOP mechanic from Hucknall is in the driving seat after being crowned Apprentice Of The Year by a major car manufacturer.
NATHAN BHAYAT (19) beat scores of other young hopefuls from across the UK to the honour from Seat after excelling in the company’s rigorous trainee programme.
The teenager shone in regular training sessions at the Volkswagen Group’s state-of-the-art National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes.
But tutors also scrutinised the Hucknall lad’s day-to-day performance at Willoughby Garages, where he has worked for three years, before presenting him with the award and £200 worth of Snap On tool vouchers.
They were particularly impressed with skills and professionalism Nathan displayed at Willoughby, which is a Seat base in Chilwell.
A thrilled Nathan said: “I’m excited to have won the award because it will look great on my CV in years to come.
“The training I’ve received through the apprenticeship scheme has been brilliant and it has meant I’ve gained real experience of working on new cars, rather than the older models I’d have been working on had I gone to college.
“Now I want to continue to learn and ito mprove and work my way up to master technician level.”
Nigel Griggs, head of aftersales at Seat UK, said senior management at the car maker’s UK headquarters had been highly impressed by Nathan’s performance.
He said: “At Seat, we expect our dealerships to deliver the very highest standards of aftersales care, so the young people on our apprenticeship schemes are an important part of the mix.
“Expert tutors at our National Learning Centre deliver excellent in-depth training to equip our young apprentices with the knowledge and skills they need.
“But the hands-on experience they gain in a real workshop environment and from working alongside experienced technicians (mechanics) and master technicians is invaluable.
“For Nathan to have stood out so impressively among the many apprentices from across the UK clearly show he has everything he needs to one day fulfil his ambition of becoming a master technician. He can look forward to a very bright future in the motor trade.”