Charlie takes Volvo’s top UK apprentice award

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WHEN Charlie Golding came second in an apprentice award last year, he decided to try even harder in his final year and it paid off.

Volvo Car UK has named Charlie its Third Year Service Technician Apprentice of the Year making him the top trainee in the country.

Charlie, 20, joined Cecil & Larter in Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds, as an apprentice in August 2008 after his GCSEs at Thurston Community College. He was put into the Volvo Advanced Apprenticeship. He will graduate as a vehicle technician this year.

Charlie said: “It has been my goal this year to be recognised in the Volvo apprenticeship awards after coming so close last year.

“When I was offered the apprenticeship at Cecil & Larter, it was a dream come true because I had always been mad about cars. Eventually, I would like to become a master technician.”

The dealership’s aftersales manager Mark Williams said: “He has demonstrated a real strength of character and a determination to achieve and although he’s one of the youngest in the workshop, he’s proved to be something of an inspiration.”

Mark Ratcliffe Volvo’s apprentice programme manager said: “We have watched Charlie’s development blossom over the past three years. He upped his game even further in his third year which makes the coveted third year title very well deserved.”