Ducati Glasgow flies Motorcycle Maintenance Apprentice to Italy for training

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Ducati Glasgow recently invested in the career of Apprentice Technician Struan MacGuire by funding his visit to the Ducati Factory Service Training Courses in Bologna, Italy.

The aim of this visit was for Struan to learn the new technologies available in the 2017 model year motorcycles and to develop his existing skillset.

During the visit, Struan witnessed the various manufacturing and engine assembly phases, the vehicle assembly lines, testing procedures and even took part in a tour of the legendary Race Department within the factory itself before visiting the Ducati Museum. 

Struan MacGuire, 19, from Glasgow, works with Ducati Glasgow and is in his second year studying Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair at our Motherwell Campus. 

He said: “The College supports me with theory work and I get the practical experience through my apprenticeship.

“It’s a great way of learning and it’s kick-started my career already. My line management are pursuing even more training later in the year – I can’t wait to see what’s next!

“After my visit to the factory training course, I am even more inspired to achieve my dream of working in pit lane repairs and maintaining race team bikes.”

Lecturer Leonard Gingell said: “Struan is one of the best students I have had in 15 years of teaching.

“I am really glad that Ducati Glasgow are investing in his training. He really enjoyed his trip to the Ducati factory in Italy, and it will give him more confidence when dealing with customers, and their motorcycles.”

Ducati Glasgow is expanding the business from its showroom on Great Western Road in Glasgow’s West End to a new dealership at Hillington Park, which is due to open later this month.

This expansion has meant the company, which previously employed only 10 members of staff, has now given career opportunities to 28 local people.

Ducati Glasgow is currently hiring experienced full-time motorcycle technicians to work alongside Struan. For more information, visit www.ducatiglasgow.co.uk

New College Lanarkshire also offers Modern Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Computing Hardware and Software, Dental Nursing, Engineering Maintenance, Engineering Manufacturing, Electronic Fire & Security Systems, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Vehicle Accident Repair, Fabrication & Welding, and Hairdressing.

Courses are delivered through workplace assessment, day release or block release at one of the College’s six campuses.

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