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Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield apprentice named UK’s best by manufacturer

Twenty-year-old looks destined to have a major part to play in the future success of Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield after being named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by the motor manufacturer.

Liam collected Mercedes-Benz’s Top Parts Apprentice Award at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham, where he was presented with a trophy, watch and an invitation to a track day at which he will drive a variety of high performance cars.

Liam Hudson is presented with his Apprentice of the Year award by Simon Oldfield (left), Managing Director, Customer Services Group, Mercedes-Benz UK, and TV presenter Jenni Falconer, who compered the event
Liam Hudson is presented with his Apprentice of the Year award by Simon Oldfield (left), Managing Director, , Mercedes-Benz UK, and TV presenter , who compered the event

And it seems that his employer has already recognised that Liam has the skills to set him ‘a-part’ in his career with the prestigious motoring brand as they have transferred him to the showroom as a trainee Sales Executive.

Liam successfully achieved the Level Three nationally-recognised and qualifications of the Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme – his training including 12 x week-long course blocks at the manufacturer’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes every two months as well as continuous on-the-job assessment. He is now working towards Mercedes-Benz Competence – an additional part of the programme which further enhances his training to support his development and to match the requirements of his employer and the brand.

Liam said:

The apprenticeship was fantastic and I learned a great deal throughout the course and made a lot of friends,” said Liam, who lives in Wath-upon-Dearne. “To win the national award is unbelievable and I was over-the-moon when my name was read out as was our company chairman, who was sat on the same table, and my mum and dad are pleased as punch too.

I thoroughly enjoyed the parts side of the business but selling cars is something that I’ve always wanted to do so when the opportunity arose to join the sales team I jumped at it. Things are already going extremely well, I sold five cars in my first two weeks in the role and I’m loving it.

Since the Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme started in 1995, 1,164 have graduated with 60 per cent remaining with the brand 10 years on.

Commenting on Liam’s award, , Apprentice Programme Operations Manager, Mercedes-Benz UK, said:  

Liam was an outstanding student with a very positive and mature attitude, who submitted work prior to deadlines and achieved some excellent results in his written and on-line tests.

He is committed, confident and has established good relationships with his colleagues and has already demonstrated the potential for a very successful career with Mercedes-Benz.

Based near Meadowhall, Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield offers an extensive collection of new and used Mercedes-Benz as well as providing a comprehensive range of services.

JCT600, which has its head office in , is a family business with 42 dealerships throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and the North East.  It sells 21 of the world’s most respected brands such as Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, , Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.

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