Member Daniel Cadd recently represented Iveco at the 2015 Skills Show UK, which showcased the skills of HGV technicians and apprentices for the first time last year.

The event, which took place at the Birmingham NEC in November, attracted 1,000 competitors from multiple skilled disciplines, and irtec-accredited Dan came out on top as the HGV competition’s joint first-place winner.

Based in Kent, Dan has just completed the third year of his HGV apprenticeship and has worked for Iveco dealers Haynes Trucks Ltd for the past two years. In 2015, he was named ‘Iveco Apprentice of the Year’ which led to him being chosen to represent Iveco at the Skills Show UK, alongside competitors from Volvo.

“The competition was nerve-wracking,” explains Dan. “There are so many people watching you, and I was worried about making a simple mistake under that pressure. It was also a massive learning experience. Before the competition, we were given a two hour crash course on another brand's diagnostics and equipment, so it was an opportunity to learn all about that.”

Following his success at last year’s Skills Show competition, Dan has been shortlisted to represent the UK squad in Sweden in December. He sees his irtec accreditation as helping him with the success he has achieved so far: “Going through the irtec process helped me get used to working under pressure, and having people watch me,” he says. “It has also helped me understand engineering fundamentals and technical aspects of what I do, especially with the electronics side of things.”

Dan first became aware of the irtec scheme through Iveco’s training school. He explains: “They explained how it was a good external qualification to have and it will definitely help me progress with my career and with my CV. It’s good to be recognised in my industry and it proves I’m working at a high level. I am pleased that Haynes have given me their total support”.

Haynes Trucks now offer irtec accreditation as part of its apprenticeship scheme as standard.

Daniel Cadd (left) accepting his Skills Show UK award from John Eastman, chair of the IRTE Professional Sector Council