Rain Sturgeon, a 3rd year Apprentice at SHB Hire has been commended at this year’s Iveco Apprentice of the Year competition.


SHB is fully committed to developing young talent within the industry and Rain is one of over 50 apprentices at SHB covering a variety of schemes over a three year period including LCV, HGV mechanical roles, fabrication and body shop technicians and also office disciplines such as hire, parts and damage management.


With a number of working partnerships with major vehicle manufacturers such as Iveco, Land Rover, Ford and Toyota in place, SHB are able to provide young people with the skills and environment to gain a career within the automotive industry.


Rain, who is a HGV Technician Apprentice, was nominated by Iveco following his high levels of technical ability, internal exam results, NVQ exam results and also his attitude that he has demonstrated throughout the scheme.  As one of three nominees for his year group, Rain was invited to attend this year’s event held at the Iveco Training School in Winsford.


The three finalists fought off hundreds of other Iveco Apprentices from all over the UK to have the opportunity to put their skills and ability on show.


20 year old Rain who impressed the judges to finish as runner up explained how the experience of simply being nominated and recognised for his hard work has and will be highly beneficial.

“The entire experience from being nominated through to attending the final and being awarded second place has been fantastic.


“I feel I have worked hard over the past few years and learnt a great deal, but to be placed in the top three for the whole of the UK completely tops everything, and I will use the experience to continue to better myself.”


Reaching the final is a highly commendable achievement in itself and something that SHB are highly proud of Rain for achieving.


Andy Viney – Group Service Manager at SHB who manages all of the company’s Apprentice operations expressed his delight at Rain’s achievement.


“Everyone at SHB is immensely proud of Rain and his nomination is fully justified following his hard work over the past few years.


“His positive attitude has mirrored his exam results and finishing runner-up of a national award epitomises everything that we are striving for as a provider of apprenticeships.


“I am sure Rain will continue to better himself and we hope that he can be the role model to spur on our other Apprentices along with the new recruits.”


SHB are dedicated to life-long learning and currently have a number of vacancies for apprenticeship roles up and down the country. Vacancies include HGV and LCV technicians along with body shop technicians. For more information and to apply please visit our vacancy page here


Rain pictured left with his certificate




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