Sapphire Vehicle Services is looking forward to harvesting a new crop of qualified, motivated technicians, from the seeds sown in its own dedicated apprenticeship programme.

Training for gaining: Apprentices Rhys Day, left, and Ayden West are well on the way to becoming qualified Sapphire Vehicle Services technicians.

The Derbyshire-based company, which maintains the fleets of some of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle operators, began training its own apprentices two years ago.

The eight members of that first intake are now in the final stretch of their three-year courses, and looking forward to beginning their careers as fully trained Sapphire truck and van technicians. Eight more, who joined the scheme in 2020, have just begun their second years, while a further batch of eight started on the journey in September.

Setting up and continuing to run its own, independent apprenticeship programme required significant outlay by Sapphire Vehicle Services. “But we consider every penny invested to be money well spent,” asserted Group Operations Manager Dave Williams.

“These apprentices are our stars of the future and by giving them the best possible training now, at the beginning of their careers, we can help ensure they become highly valued and productive members of our workshop teams, for many years to come. ‘Growing our own’ will also make us better able to continue providing the exacting standards of customer service upon which we’ve built our success, going forward.”

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