Article date: 18 November 2008
Auto Windscreens has been recognised for having the UK's top apprentice in the entire glass industry in 2008.
Daniel Metcalfe, who is an apprentice in Auto Windscreens' Technical Department, part of the Automotive Glazing Development Centre, was nominated for the prestigious Glass Training Board award by the company's qualifications manager.
Dan, who didn't know he'd been entered for the Glass Training Board Apprentice of the Year Award, said: "It was a complete surprise when I found out that I had won as I didn't even know that I'd been nominated."
Awarded by Glass Training Limited, the industry training organisation for the glass and related sector, the Apprentice of the Year Award is open to all those working in the glass and glazing industry.
Dan joined the Auto Windscreens' apprentice programme on leaving school two years ago. The award recognises his exemplary contribution to a number of key tasks for the company's Technical Department, including his work on the company's groundbreaking wet weather canopy van. He was instrumental in the evaluation and development of the van's canopy and has trained nearly 200 of the company's technicians in the use of it.
Additionally, Dan also plays a key part in evaluating the quality and consistency of the urethane used in the installation of windscreens and other glass in vehicles. These and other tasks he carries out as part of his apprenticeship show the training he has been given by his mentor, David Bagnall and his manager Chris Bonsall has been nationally recognised by the award.
Dan added: "I have made real progress in the automotive glazing industry and developed not only my technical abilities but also my people skills. It's a really interesting and varied job. I enjoy getting out and working on lots of different types of vehicles."
Auto Windscreens managing director Abu-Haris Shafi said: "We are very proud of Dan's achievement. He is the future of the automotive glazing industry and I am delighted that he has chosen Auto Windscreens as the launch pad for what I am sure will be a very successful career.
"His professionalism, commitment to quality and enthusiasm in his work is a direct reflection of Auto Windscreens' world class training and development department."
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About Auto Windscreens
Established in 1971, Auto Windscreens provides a complete automotive glazing repair and replacement service (windscreens, rear windows and side windows) to private motorists, fleets and the insurance industry.
Auto Windscreens is the only replacement windscreen specialist with its own UK manufacturing operation, producing 250,000 windscreens a year in a dedicated factory in Chesterfield.
With a national network of 98 fitting centres, backed by a fleet of fully equipped mobile fitting units, Auto Windscreens provides a true 24/7 national service for private and corporate customers every year.
Auto Windscreens is the only automotive glazing repair and replacement company to have the innovative wet weather canopy. Designed in-house, the canopy ensures more mobile jobs can be completed during wet weather.