An apprentice employed by Oliver Agriculture Ltd, one of the South East’s premier agricultural machinery dealers, has scooped a prestigious industry award.
William Rogers has been named as winner of the Dealer Apprentice of the Year (South East Region) Award by farm machinery industry website Agri Machinery Trade News.
At a presentation at the Reading branch of Oliver Agriculture, William was presented with a commemorative glass trophy by his Managing Director David Jarman.
Awards organiser and publisher Paul Caunce commented “The Agri Machinery Trade Dealer Apprentice of the Year awards are designed to recognise the very best apprentices that the industry currently employs. Nominations were sought from dealers in the region, and the nomination submitted for William by his Service Manager was a very strong one”.
Service Manager Andrew Dobson said “Finding good potential apprentices is not easy, so when William approached me at OLIVERS Reading, towards the end of the 2015 harvest enquiring about a Claas apprenticeship I was very optimistic. It was plain to see from William’s CV that he had potential as an academic student. After a week’s work experience in November 2015, William was offered an apprentice position and started work with us in February 2016. From the outset William has shown a high level of mechanical skill and competence, and even though he has only been with us just over a year, he has already made his mark with his colleagues and customers alike.
Paul Caunce added “There has never been a more exciting time for talented and enthusiastic young people like William to work in what is known as Land Based Engineering. The technology currently being used on farms is way ahead of other industries such as the automotive industry, and the future is very much one of drones, robotics, GPS Guidance, Telematics and even autonomous vehicles”.
Further career opportunities can be found at: www.oliveragriculture.co.uk