No stopping apprentice Ross as he wins award

Ross Moffatt working on the inside of a bus cab during the IRTE Skills Challenge.
Ross Moffatt working on the inside of a bus cab during the IRTE Skills Challenge.

AN APPRENTICE is hoping there is no stopping his career and he is on the road to success after receiving top honours in a national campaign.

Ross Moffatt, from Ashington, picked up the honour at the IRTE Skills Challenge for technicians who repair and maintain the country’s buses.

The 21-year-old travelled to the top-of-the-line training facility S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol to compete against other teams in a series of technical challenges.

Ross, in the second year of an electrical engineering apprenticeship at Arriva North East’s bus depot in Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, took the Top Scoring Electrical Apprentice award.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity working for Arriva, I feel I’m really getting to fulfil my potential.

“I’m looking forward to the next two years of my apprenticeship and I’ll be back to compete again next year.”

His Arriva apprentice team-mates also won big with Tom Hubbard, from Arriva in Wigan, and Wayne Stanton, from the company’s Gillingham depot, taking home the Top Scoring Mechanical Apprentice and Top Scoring Bodywork Apprentice awards, respectively.

Lloyd Mason, engineer trainer with Arriva, said: “We put a lot of store by apprenticeships in Arriva.

“Every year we look to recruit from each of the three engineering disciplines – electrical, mechanical and bodywork – as we see apprenticeships as the future of the business.”