Thursday 18 November 2010


A Derby business has launched the success of its new apprentice training programme.

Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Van Centre received over 250 applicants for the one position as a Volkswagen sales trainee.

The programme is designed to help encourage young new talent into the automotive industry.

Megan Stamp, from Alvaston, accepted the sales trainee role and now begins an 18-month intensive training programme, which will see her experience and learn all aspects of the business.

The 19-year-old successfully completed three interviews in which she faced various managers plus a panel of employees from the Derby team, before being offered the Volkswagen position.

As one of the UK’s largest truck dealership networks, Imperial Commercials presently operates a three year apprenticeship scheme for technicians in conjunction with Derby College and was named as a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards, earlier this year.

The company believes it is vitally important to invest in the future and it’s this commitment that has led to its latest role as Matthew Lawrenson, regional director of Imperial Commercials, explained.

“Our aim is to bring young new blood into the industry and therefore we feel there needs to be a clear framework to help nurture and develop the right skills for these individuals, after all these apprentices could be our future managers.

“The series of interviews enabled various team members to be instrumental in the recruitment process. We have received very positive feedback on this style of interviewing from both Megan and our team.

“This new apprentice training programme may be still in its infancy but we have been so pleased with the response and calibre of applicants that we plan to implement it across our network.”

For further information please contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email

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