The depot’s manager Jimmy Donnachie nominated McLeod. Donnachie said, “I can confidently say that Mark is the best apprentice I’ve had for the last 10 years – there are not many like him. He is a great ambassador for the scheme and an exceptional role model for other apprentices entering the industry.”

McLeod’s received his award at a graduation ceremony for 11 Hewden final-year apprentice service engineers, held at the new Finning Academy in Cannock, Staffordshire, UK. The four-year scheme requires apprentices to study for an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in Plant Mechanics, taking time to study at the National Construction College, and to work in one of Hewden’s 104 depots across the UK. Currently, there are 70 apprentices on the course.