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Leyland Trucks recruiting for 22 apprentice roles

Posted on - 25th February, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble News
Luke Pierce. Picture: Leyland Trucks

An apprenticeship drive has begun as applications have opened for 22 manufacturing roles with Leyland Trucks.

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The company is seeking budding engineers, mechanics, designers, and clean energy trailblazers to earn their qualifications while gaining hands-on experience and paid employment.

There is a range of roles on offer including assembly operatives and automotive, facilities & maintenance and design engineers, and for a second year, Leyland Trucks will be offering degree-level apprenticeships as one of its learning opportunities.

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Luke Pierce, an electrical engineer and designer at Leyland Trucks, began a three-year apprenticeship with the company in 2017 after applying while working in vehicle detailing.

His placement saw him undertake training in areas including vehicle engineering – both electrical and mechanical – as well as in design and manufacturing techniques. His interest in electrification saw him go on to complete an HNC in electrical engineering, and he’s now studying a degree in the subject.

Luke said: “My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to gain real-time knowledge and insight into so many different aspects of engineering, which stood me in good stead when it came to choosing the direction I wanted to take in my future career.

“My experience was backed up with qualifications, and I discovered my passion for vehicle electrification. As and when new positions opened up within the company that would enable me to progress my career, I felt confident to apply, and am now on track to complete my degree, too.”

Libby Power joined Leyland Trucks in September 2021, having recently completed her GCSEs. As a fabrication and welding apprentice, she sees a huge opportunity to evolve her childhood passion for building, using tools and engineering into a career that allows her to pursue various different fields. 

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She said: “When I left school, I knew that going into college full time would see me end up in the same destination – working in a factory because engineering and tooling come as second nature to me.

“I felt an apprenticeship with Leyland Trucks would help me gain more hands-on experience much faster, and more directly, as I’d be working alongside experts every single day, learning and earning at the same time.

“As part of my apprenticeship I work in the prototype department, so I get involved in the development of brand new products as well as working in different areas of the factory so I can expand my skillset.

“There’s always someone on hand to support me as I learn, and the team is full of former apprentices who’ve gone through what I have, so I can call on them for advice.

“No day is the same at Leyland Trucks, which is what keeps it so interesting. And what’s most exciting is that I know there are opportunities for progression – I could go on to be a design engineer or follow any number of pathways. I’ve only just joined the company, but I know I could be here for life, doing what I enjoy and being a really valued part of the team.”

To find out more about the roles available and to download the application form, please visit Leyland Trucks website.

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