Scottish Apprenticeship Week: meet our apprentices!

At Terex Trucks, we are committed to supporting our apprentices and making our facilities a good place to learn. That’s why Skills Development Scotland has shortlisted Terex Trucks for the Scottish Apprenticeship Award 2020 – a big recognition of our efforts to promote work-based learning!

At the Terex Trucks Motherwell facility, dedicated mentors, expert engineers, technicians and experienced team members make sure that the factory is a great place to learn and work for our apprentices. Successfully so: apprentice retention has been 100% over the last seven years. To recognise both our company’s apprenticeship program but also the hard work of all our apprentices over the last year, Terex Trucks was shortlisted for the Scottish Apprenticeship Award 2020.

“We’re delighted to have been nominated as a finalist for this prestigious award,” says Paul Tierney, HR Director, who joined Terex Trucks as a Skilled Apprentice in 1979. “Everyone at our company knows about the value our apprentices bring to the business. Some fantastic talent has come through, and this allows us to build a pipeline of talent, so vital skills are not lost when key members of staff retire or move on to pastures new.”

Meet our apprentices

“Diversity in our workforce is vital,” adds Paul. “Some of our most promising engineering apprentices are female, which was especially great to see as this used to be a very male-dominated section of the business.”

One of these female apprentices at Terex Trucks is Karen Anne Duffy, a Graduate Apprentice in Business Management. “I’m currently the Senior Health, Safety and Environment Advisor,” says Karen Anne. “Last year, I’ve led the Motherwell site to be the thought leader in the mental health journey and the controls put in place to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve been able to act as a key leader in both projects, working with cross-functional teams, which was a great learning experience.”

Karen Anne is currently in the second year of her apprenticeship at Terex Trucks. “I really enjoy working here and I’m grateful for the support I receive from the people at Terex Trucks.”

Ross Mitchell joined Terex Trucks as a Quality Apprentice in September 2017 and in the following year, he won the Information Technology Skills Award with training provider East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA). “I’m currently co-leading an apprentice-led project to implement a new, multi-disciplinary onsite training facility, which current and new employees will benefit from,” says Ross. “I’d like to thank the Terex Trucks QHSE Department for the opportunity to work with them as an apprentice!”