The intrepid adventurers on the course included Crewe Audi’s apprentice service advisor Beth Tait, along with Connor Hunt from VW Van Centre Birmingham and Jack Moore from VW Van Centre Lancashire.
Jack said: “Being totally honest, I can’t say I was looking forward to the outward-bound week, it’s not something I’d usually do and so was well out of my comfort zone!”
“The course takes place in Penrith, in the middle of the Lake District, and the weather was not kind to us!
“To start with we climbed a mountain… in a blizzard… but the amazing thing was we did it, which gave us all a real sense of achievement.”
Jack continued: “Then there was a team building and bonding exercise which involved us using our newly learnt orienteering skills as a team.
“We had to find clues and then when we’d found them all, that led us to the parts to build a raft. We then had to build the raft and race across Ullswater Lake.
“We won – we managed the crossing in 16 minutes, while the other team took 25 minutes, and it was genuinely good fun!
“Just for good measure we also climbed a waterfall. It was a week which I may not have looked forward to, but where I learnt a lot about myself and found that far from hating it, I really enjoyed it!”
Jack concluded: “To all the other apprentices who will have this as part of their course, I’d say: don’t be put-off, or worry that’s it’s not your thing – you’ll surprise yourself, meet new people and have a brilliant time.”
Jack is working towards his level 3 customer service apprenticeship at the same time as being well on the way to becoming a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles accredited service advisor.