Top accolade for Plymouth apprentice

A young apprentice at Plymouth Volkswagen is celebrating after being named top of his class.

Trainee parts advisor Mitch Bonner, 20, beat off stiff competition to become Volkswagen First Year Apprentice of the Year.

He received a framed certificate from Stephen Butt, Head of Service & Parts at Volkswagen UK, in a ceremony at the Millbay Road dealership last week.

Mitch said: “I was really proud to win the award – although now I’m into my second year it is a bit more of a challenge.

“I had no idea that I was even up for the award, so it was quite a surprise, but a really good one.”

Mitch, from Plymouth, joined Volkswagen in August 2012. His aunt already worked there and suggested he apply for an apprenticeship.

“I had a bit of an insight because of my aunt working here, and it has definitely proved the right move for me. There’s a good mix of on the job experience and classroom work and I am really enjoying it. Winning this award is just the icing on the cake.”

Mitch was praised for his commitment, motivation, enthusiasm and effort.

Richard Willman, brand manager at Murray Volkswagen (Plymouth), said: “I am really pleased that Mitch has been recognised for all of his hard work. He has proved to be a dedicated trainee with a brilliant work ethic and a real commitment to the Volkswagen brand.”

Mitch receives his day to day training and guidance from his Plymouth manager, parts supervisor Mike Bailey.

Outside of work, he enjoys watching football, going to the cinema and has recently joined a gym.

Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship can visit the company’s website at for further information.

Murray Volkswagen Plymouth, based on Millbay Road, offers new and approved used car sales, and a comprehensive after-sales service using genuine Volkswagen parts.

Call 01752 668351 or visit for more information.