Manufacturing a Future at Leyland Trucks

Twelve Year 10 students enjoyed a visit to one of Britain’s leading manufacturing companies at the start of the Spring term. The students visited Leyland Trucks, with the aim to find out more about careers and apprenticeship opportunities the manufacturing giant had to offer. The visit was also used to inspire and motivate the young students to think about their future careers.

The enthusiastic students got the chance to view the highly efficient 710,000 square foot manufacturing plant and see for themselves the production process. The company produce light, medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, which are all assembled from start to completion at the site.

The DAF Trucks National Dealer Apprentice Programme gives students the chance to join the select group of specialist technicians working on some of the most modern, sophisticated trucks on the road. Ambitious, self-motivated and confident students can apply for a range of possible apprenticeships ranging from I T, engineering, business, manufacturing and design.

Year 10 student, Adam Todd said “It was a really interesting morning with an insight into the real world of work and the realisation of the grades I need to get and the hard work I have to put in if I want an apprenticeship.”

Harriet Barlow said, “I enjoyed the visit and would like to have had more information on business apprenticeships. I am now going to do some independent research on the company.

Careers Coordinator at Albany Academy, Mrs Walmsley, said, “The Leyland Trucks visit was enjoyed by our Year 10 students who had the opportunity to witness a real working environment. It made them realise that it’s not enough to want an apprenticeship you have to work hard, have the right attitude and get some really good GCSE grades.”