Top trio’s trip to international headquarters

A West Cumbrian business has rewarded three of its employees with a trip to Germany after they all qualified from a national training programme.

The trio from Walkingshaw Volkswagen in Workington, visited the manufacturer’s global factory in Wolfsburg as part of the trip following the gruelling qualifications with the Volkswagen Academy.

Joseph Hyslop recently gained his master technician status making him one of the UK’s top Volkswagen technicians. The 60-year-old has spent all his working life in the motor industry, 33 of which have been at Walkingshaw Volkswagen.

He was joined in Germany by Liam Wells and Barry White, both from Workington, who qualified as sales executives after completing the programme, which included an on-site assessment with an external examiner, along with both written and practical tests.

Commenting on the trip Joseph said: “I’m very grateful to Walkingshaw Volkswagen for giving me the opportunity to visit the impressive headquarters in Wolfsburg.

“The factory visit was a fantastic way to commemorate completing our training. We felt very privileged to visit the site and enjoyed the celebratory presentation dinner.”

Walkingshaw Volkswagen’s brand manager, Andy Walkingshaw, said: “Joseph, Liam and Barry worked very hard to gain their qualifications and it was fantastic to be able to reward them for their efforts.

“We are very lucky to have professionals of their calibre within our team.”