DAF are immensely proud of our Apprentice Programme and each year in recognition of the skill and dedication of our Apprentices, the DAF Programme culminates in an annual Awards Ceremony.
This is one of the most important events in the DAF calendar; it is certainly the most rewarding as we are joined by our Apprentices, their families, DAF dealers, and our colleagues from across the industry to celebrate their success at the prestigious apprentice event.
The day starts early with the best performing 10 apprentices from each year group going head to head in the prestigious apprentice of the year competition, hosted by the DAF Apprentice College.
The competition is designed to reflect the work role of a Heavy Vehicle technician, and tests competitors’ time management, planning and problem solving skills.
The competition consists of both practical work on DAF trucks & components around fault diagnosis, replacement and repair and exams testing the practical and product knowledge of our competitors.
Once the competition is over we proudly open the doors to the DAF Apprentice College to the families of all graduating Apprentices who have the opportunity to tour the impressive facilities and test their skills on a variety of workshop tasks and watch live demonstrations to observe the impressive mechanical development of DAF technology. Representatives from DAF Trucks, Skillnet, the College and the DAF Dealer network meet the families of the graduating Apprentices to discuss the programme, answer questions and share their experiences.
In the evening, the celebrations begin and the audience of 500+ is treated to a spectacular awards ceremony celebrating the success and achievements of both the Graduating Apprentices and the Apprentice of the Year competitors who are presented with prizes and certificates by the Managing Director of DAF Trucks.