Twenty two-year-old Rob Darroch is looking forward to joining some of the UK’s top heavy vehicle apprentices, as he takes part in this year’s prestigious World Skills UK competition.

The heavy-vehicle apprentice technician from the Wirral has been working for Scania specialist, Haydock Commercials, at Ellesmere Port for the past three years.

Rob will now complete time managed practical skills assessments to determine whether he should make it through to the final six in his category and attend the World Skills UK finals in Birmingham later this year.

After completing his GCSE’s, before he joined the Scania apprenticeship scheme, Rob had been working for a well-known fast-food chain as an engineer, helping to fix machines. He said: “It was ok for a while, but after two years, I was ready for something else, I wanted more of a challenge and something I thought I would enjoy. I saw the apprenticeship come up with Scania, and I just thought “yeah, ok then, I’ll give that a go”.”

Working in the motor industry, and more specifically with heavy vehicles, wasn’t a lifetime ambition for Rob, however, he’s pleased he made the decision to give it a go.

“To be honest, when I first came here, I was just out there looking for a job,” said Rob. “But that’s all changed, as I really enjoy what I do here now and I’m ok at doing it, I think.

“There’s not many people that do what I do, particularly at my age, but I see that as a good thing, it gives me a chance to stand out.”

For the past three years Rob has been working towards a Heavy Vehicle Technician level 3 apprenticeship and is approaching his final assessment with support from Remit Group.

“I’m looking forward to getting those qualifications and completing my training. I have enjoyed it though. I’m hoping there’s more I can do in the future to pursue further qualifications. I think Scania is the sort of company to support me in that, which is another reason I’m really pleased to be here.”