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    NAA 2013 Award Winner Profile: Community Outreach Award

    Sponsored by Festo and presented by Andrew Graveson – National Team Manager, Automotive Industry

    How the award winner was assessed

    For our second new award for 2013 we looked at the assessment from the following perspectives – all of which were balanced by the size of the operation that submitted the application:

    • Strategy and corporate culture
    • Linkage to schools
    • Involvement with schools, colleges and universities from a sector/engineering perspective
    • Training and development opportunities provided for their own staff
    • The influence and approach to minority groups
    • Charitable activities
    • Any other relevant information

    In addition to the award and certificate, Festo kindly donated a voucher for £1000 for the winning company to redeem against a Festo training course.

    Winner – Leyland Trucks

    Leyland Trucks, one of Britain’s leading manufacturing companies, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PACCAR Inc. PACCAR is a global technology leader in design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.

    Leyland Trucks has been a major part of its local community for over 100 years and is keen to support the town and various initiatives to promote its industrial heritage, most recently by supporting a project to display a 1938 Leyland Fire Engine placed at one of the gateways to the town. It has a company-wide charity ‘Leyland Trucks Helping Hand’ which supports the charitable works that its employees undertake. There is an extensive and comprehensive young people programme, including working with the educators and advisors focused on local schools.

    Above and beyond this, Leyland Trucks has previously, and will continue into 2014 (and beyond), offered extensive support to its local community through a wide variety of projects including:

    • Outreach projects with school and colleges such as Preston College (creation of ‘real-life’ engineering assignments for students) and Balshaw’s High School and Lostock Hall Academy in a variety of project-based student support activities
    • Apprentice programmes and bursary support for students
    • Regeneration of the Leyland Festival and support for the Leyland Gateway Project

    Peter Jukes, Operations Director said “Leyland Trucks is extremely proud to win the 2013 NAA Community Outreach Award, in recognition of our work in the community, particularly with local schools, colleges and universities. It is vital to the future of the manufacturing that we engage young people and raise awareness of opportunities and careers within the automotive industry.  Over many years, Leyland has worked with young people and educators to implement a wide range of community based activities, such as work experience, site tours, outreach activities and apprentice programmes.  Additionally we have been able to provide sponsorship to various local events, such as the annual high school ‘Maths Challenge,’ and support other local charitable causes. Leyland Trucks has been based in the town of Leyland for over 100 years and we aim continue this ‘partnership,’ providing help and support to different sectors of the community and opportunities within the industry.

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham