Apprentices at the Heart of the Rygor Business
Having recently taken on its largest cohort of apprentices to date, the team at Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer Group, Rygor continues to celebrate the importance of apprenticeships to its business and the wider industry.
Chris Taylor, Rygor Service Director, said: “Rygor’s mission is to be a place where our team is proud to work, and our customers want to come back, time and time again, because we Set Standards. Key to achieving this has been the implementation of a robust apprentice programme in association with the Mercedes-Benz Vans and Mercedes-Benz Trucks apprenticeships, to nurture home-grown talent.
“We’re proud that year-on-year our apprentice intake has increased, and that in August 2018 we took on our largest number of apprentices to date (15) across our parts, service and technical departments. We anticipate recruiting a further 16 apprentices this summer,” Chris added.
Rygor is committed to retaining its apprentices. Introduced in 2018, every March the company celebrates its first-year apprentices’ completed probationary periods with a day out at Mercedes-Benz World. The apprentices hear from Rygor and Mercedes-Benz team members who have worked their way up through the industry, after starting out themselves as apprentices or trainees, then gaining skills to develop into senior roles. This is followed by track experiences as a reward for their hard work to date.
Furthermore, not only do Rygor apprentices go on to shine once they have completed their courses (Rygor has many experienced and senior team members who started at the company as apprentices) but its current trainees are excelling already.
One such individual is Rygor Swindon third year technical apprentice, Thomas Belcher, who in November was a finalist in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category at the prestigious Commercial Motor Awards.
Thomas said: “I couldn’t see myself going to college and wanted a hands-on role where I could learn on the job. From a young age I knew I wanted to work with vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz brand really appealed to me and after doing some research, I could see that there were so many opportunities in commercial vehicle apprenticeships. Rygor Swindon is great – I wake up and I am happy to go to work in the morning. Throughout my apprenticeship I have been treated so well by the team at Rygor, who have given me so many opportunities to learn – the team is really a fount of knowledge.”