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The Honda Apprenticeship Programme Apprentice Newsletter Issue 1, July 2010

Welcome to Your Newsletter From July 2010, the Honda Apprenticeship Programme will produce a newsletter every 2 months for all apprentices. This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date on programme news, Honda news, actions taken as a result of your feedback and apprentice achievements. We will also give you the opportunity to contribute towards the success of your newsletter by asking you to make suggestions and having an input into the contents. Inside this issue….. So, do you have a good story to tell? We are looking for ideas, tips and stories, that you would like to share with Regulars the rest of the Apprentice Programme or be included in this newsletter. • Welcome Please email support@myhondaapprenticesip.com with ideas and • You Said, We Did suggestions for the newsletter & you could be in with a chance of earning • Want to Have Your Say yourself extra Honda Challenge • Competition Time reward points. • Happy Birthday • Achievements • Meet the Team

Honda Launch the CRZ The CR-Z compact 2+2 coupe body and striking design is coupled with a responsive chassis to give nimble handling and direct steering, and a 6-speed manual transmission enhances driving enjoyment. Its clean, efficient petrol-electric hybrid powertrain not only offers good fuel economy and a low exhaust emissions package, but also adds to the nippy driving characteristics of the car and means the CR-Z is well suited for use in urban environments. The CR-Z is a great-looking, sporty car that’s also a hybrid, kart-like handling and direct steering make it great fun to drive, but the hybrid system means exhaust emissions are kept low. With the torque boost of the electric motor, it’s ideally suited to point-to-point driving in British towns and cities. The European version of the CR-Z goes on sale in

Articles • Honda Launch the CRZ • Skill Auto National Finals • NUS Extra


Honda Apprentices 1st & 2nd in Skill Auto Finals Alex Knight & Stuart Prince Take Gold & Silver in National Automotive Skills Competition Alex Knight of Gatwick Honda this week won the prestigious annual Skillauto competition, beating a record breaking total of over 600 of the best automotive technicians from across the UK motor industry. Skillauto is the automotive category of the UK Skills competition. This year’s win makes it two in a row for Honda apprentices – last year’s winner was John Couldridge, a Honda apprentice working at Inchcape Honda in Romford. Commenting on his achievement, Alex said: “I’m over the moon to come first over so many other talented technicians. I’d like to congratulate the other five who made it to the final, they worked hard and did really well. I’d also like to thank everyone at Gatwick Honda and the Honda Institute, who have supported me in so many ways with extra training and lots of encouragement.” As well as scooping first place in Skillauto 2010, Honda made it a double with another apprentice, Stuart Prince, taking second place with the silver medal. The Skillauto competitions are governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional association and Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail sector and are open to anyone with less than three years experience. The primary objective of Skillauto is to ensure that technical standards and expertise within the UK’s automotive industry are constantly developed in line with employers’ requirements. The national competition was established to help raise the standard of technician training within the UK automotive repair industry, and the competition focuses

attention on the quality of skills required by the modern day technician. Technicians taking part in the final of Skillauto may also have the chance to take part in WorldSkills London 2011 – the largest vocational skills competition in the world, of which Honda is a long standing supporter. Martin White, Dealer Principal of Gatwick Honda comments: “On behalf of everyone here I’d like to say a huge ‘well done’ to Alex. He’s worked very hard, his involvement in the competition has allowed him to progress massively, and we’re very proud to count him as one of our apprentices. We’d also like to thank the Honda Institute, who have been incredibly supportive in training Alex to such an incredibly high standard.” Paul Taylor, Technical Training Manager at the Honda Institute commented: “We are incredibly proud of Alex for this truly significant achievement. He has worked incredibly hard to get here and this is a fitting tribute to his passion and commitment. Skillauto is something that Honda supports wholeheartedly as it fits in perfectly with our values of championing personal development, encouraging competition and promoting the next generation of engineers and technicians.”

UK Skills Facts UK Skills is a national, pan-industry competition for young technicians and takes place bi-annually. It is one of many educational initiatives supported by Honda (UK) and aimed at: • Inspiring future generations to engage with science, technology and business in a creative way • Bringing Honda closer to the community and helping achieve the company goal of being a company that society wants to exist • Showcasing the Honda Institute – Honda’s state-ofthe-art Centre of Learning for Honda dealers (across Car, Motorcycle and Power Equipment networks) • Demonstrating Honda’s philosophy and commitment to developing people and vocational skills Honda has supported UK Skills and World Skills since 2004 and assisted in the bid to host the 2011 competition in London. WorldSkills London 2011 will take place in ExCeL, Docklands from the 6-9 October 2011. www.worldskillslondon2011.com

Alex Knight, left, and Stuart Prince, below, competing in the Skill Auto Competition


Supporting You & Using Your Feedback to Improve Your Programme We recognize that we ask for a lot of feedback and comments from Apprentices. This is for a very good reason – it helps us to improve your programme and improve the programme for apprentices in the future. This section of the newsletter will concentrate on informing you of changes made as a result of the feedback you have provided in the last two months.

You Said.... “We are constantly giving feedback and answering the same questions everywhere”

We did. . . . We have developed a more robust method of recording your feedback. The end of block on-line evaluation is now the only questionnaire you will need to complete during your programme.

Want to Have Your Say? Feedback is used to help improve your programme, support you in achieving your Apprenticeship and improve the programme for future Apprentices. You can leave feedback by various methods (see the diagram below) and at different points in your programme, i.e at dealership, training block, hotel or at home.

“Your Feedback is vital to us being able to solve your issues and continually improve the

What happens to your feedback ? When you have left feedback by any method, it is recorded in a centralised log & distributed to the relevant departments who then decide on the best course of action to take, which also includes feeding back the outcome / recommended solution back to you either as an individual or as a programme whole.

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There is 1 missing word, send the missing word together with your name & dealership name to either: E-mail: support@myhondaapprenticeship.com Text: 07825 626926 For your chance to win a Honda watch. Closing date is 31.07.10. The winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries on the closing date & notified in the first week in August.

Congratulations on Your Achievements‌.. The following Apprentices have completed an element of their Apprenticeship Framework or have made a significant achievement

Completion of the Honda Apprenticeship Programme & Honda Challenge Tsz-Shing Wong Sharafat Ali James Darton Alison Dring

Andrew Ormrod Jonathan Curzon James Bruce Mark Dutton

David Ogborne Michael Plummer Mark Klimas Yasar Mahmood

Dean Bates Devinder Assi Neil Heath Charles Kelvey

Lewis Martin Richard McLeod Lewis Dunnett Michael Weaver

Craig Kaulfuss Andrea Downey Daniel Illingworth Daniel Holdsworth

Bradley Roberts Cara Hoskin Michael Duffy Josh Pearce David Romang

Brian Walker Jamie Lawrie Rhys Perkins Joe Thomas David Stacey

Martin Hayter Daniel Taylor Sam Hull Matt Fisher Kaleem Arshad

Luke Boden Alex Gough Shane Jordan Tom Dunham

Daniel Georgiou Chris Richardson Josh Goodfellow William Young

Ewan Turner Declan Hall

Sean Donnelly James WIlkinson

Liam Pollock

NVQ Level 2 Tim Willis Andrew Davidson Josh Middleton Alex Ball Lee Garland

First Aid at Work Certificate Hayley Souter Luke Stephens

James Goodwin James Garside

John Murdoch Daniel Anderson


Happy Birthday to You: MAY: Andrew Mackie Richard Neish Emma Lockley Joshua Goodfellow Jamie Lawrie

Sam Mitchell Abbie Willisher Robert Nix Jonathan Barron

JUNE: Oliver Clark Joao Ribeiro Thomas Philips Tom Dunham Matthew Mylchreest Hayley Souter Christopher Richardson

Liam Goodwin Lloyd MacDonald Danny Wishart Mark Yates

Daniel Rogers Alistair Black Michael Forster Kaleem Arshad

Ryan McIntyre Thomas Isaacs Christopher Grimes

Daniel Georgiou Ross Talbot Rhys Perkins

Introducing‌.. ‌..Your New Apprentice Trainer, Ryan Davison My name is Ryan Davison, as of the 17th May I have joined the Honda Apprenticeship team. I first started my career with Honda as an apprentice car technician, in early 2004 at the Press and PR workshop. The Press workshop is where Honda prepare and maintain all vehicles which are reviewed by motoring journalists and media. Another side to this role was supporting and preparing cars for UK and European events, new model launches, motor shows, track days and research teams. I also worked at Crown Honda in Hertfordshire during my apprenticeship to gain further experience of customer service and to collect evidence of this to add to my portfolio. In a similar way to the current programme I attended block training at the Honda Institute. This was a great opportunity to gain the valuable technical knowledge and skill I required to progress through the apprenticeship programme. I made great friends and also had the chance to compete in competitions such as UK skills. The Honda Apprenticeship Programme has been a huge opportunity for me to develop technically as a technician and given me the confidence to progress further after graduating. I always aspired to work in training and that has been made possible with the help from the Institute and the excellent training I received from the Apprenticeship team. After I completed my NVQ level 3, passed my MTA (maintenance technician assessment) and officially graduated from the apprenticeship programme I wanted to continue to develop to take the DTA (diagnostic technician assessment). To achieve this I booked IST (individual skills training) at the Institute and attained Diagnostic Technician level in 2009. I have also completed my F-GAS training and to keep up to date with new models and technologies, I have also attended PFS training. Now in my current role with the Honda Apprenticeship team I am looking forward to delivering training and sharing the passion I have for mechanical engineering, technology and Honda. The programme has grown in all respects since 2004 and I hope to compliment the high standard training already provided.


Honda Apprentice Qualify for NUS Extra Discounts NUS Extra is the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts, offers and competitions designed to make apprentice life more exciting, more memorable and more rewarding. Use it to make your money go further on books, clothes, sports stuff, CDs, travel, computer gear, gigs, eating out… Exclusive Discounts for Students & Apprentices There are discounts on the essential things in life and some great savings on life’s little luxuries as well. All of the discounts are exclusive to NUS Extra cardholders; you won’t be able to access any of these great deals without without your card. So Demand Extra now and get excited by our great range of discounts. We think you’ll be quite impressed with the money you could save and as NUS constantly update and add new offers throughout the year the benefits just keep on growing. 12 Months of Discount Heaven The NUS Extra is valid between 1st September and 31st August of each year so there’s loads of time to save cash with your card. What Does it Cost? NUS Extra costs just £10, not bad for something that’s going to save you a whole whole load of cash throughout the year. How do I Apply? You can apply after block three of your Honda Apprenticeship Programme. You apply online at www.nus.org.uk/nus www.nus.org.uk/nus-extra. Before you start you will need a credit or debit card and a photo on your PC that yyou can upload to the NUS website. NUS will ask for your: • City & Guilds Enrolment number • Programme start • Programme planned end date • Your course level = your NVQ level All of these can be found in your Individual Learning Plan. NUS will also ask for your: • Place of Study = Honda Institute • Course discipline = Engineering Engineering—Mechanical & Production



Key Contacts Dean Hooton Lorraine Cope Paul Stokes Sharron Wightman Comfort Hotel Honda Institute Email

Operations Manager 07825 686906 Quality Manager 07825 626923 Parallel Curriculum 07711 439864 Co-ordinator ordinator Quality Administrator 07825 626926 Reception 0208 5736162 Reception 01753 766859 support@myhondaapprenticeship.com



Honda Apprenticeship Programme Newsletter - July 2010  

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