Robert Pammenton, who is learning his trade as a car technician at Workington Volkswagen retailer Walkingshaw, impressed judges with his knowledge of motor performance at a team selection day recently.
The process was extremely competitive, after Volkswagen receiving over 300 applications from apprentices all over the UK for just 12 positions.
The 18-year-old spoke of his delight at securing a prestigious place on the motorsport team, that will last for a year. He said: “I’m thrilled that I have this very rare opportunity to apply my knowledge and enthusiasm to motorsport
“I owe a great deal to Walkingshaw and Volkswagen, they’ve given me so much already with my apprenticeship and this feels like the icing on the cake – I’m so excited.”
Following his selection, Pammenton and his team-mates supported a Skoda Fabia rally car at an event in Worcestershire, where it performed rides, drives and public displays.
Walkingshaw’s brand manager, Andy Walkingshaw, said: “Robert has great passion about his job and his hard work has paid off by this reward.
“It’s great for the region to have a representative working for a national team and that Walkingshaw Volkswagen is training apprentices to the highest standard.”
Now half-way through his three-year apprenticeship course, the car enthusiast reaffirmed his desire to reach great heights as a motor technician.
Robert added: “This is the only job I have ever wanted to do. I’m building my knowledge base and experience all of the time and I’m determined to reach the very top of my profession.”