A Lancashire truck manufacturer has opened applications for its next cohort of apprentices, with 28 places up for grabs.

Leyland Trucks is looking for a new intake of young people to take up apprenticeships across all areas of the business, including engineering, project management, and administration roles.

During their studies, apprentices will gain qualifications up to degree level while learning and earning on the job.

Leyland offers career progression through the company with more development and training available, as well as chances to work aboard in countries such as Australia, the USA and Brazil.

The apprenticeships are run in partnership with Runshaw College, Training 200, the University of Central Lancashire, Preston College or Blackpool & The Fylde College.

Maria Rogers, learning and development manager at Leyland Trucks, said: “Our apprentices are the lifeblood of Leyland Trucks.

"You’ll find past and present apprentices right across the business, including senior positions – whether in management or driving state of the art technological developments, here and abroad.

“The positions available have been strategically chosen. We’re recruiting people into roles that will ultimately drive our growth and ensure continuity of skills as colleagues who have chosen to dedicate their careers to Leyland Trucks hang up their hats and retire.

"We invest heavily in our apprentices, ensuring our new starters feel excited about their careers, know they are making a difference, and foster ambition for their own growth as well as Leyland Trucks’ – whether that’s in creating a greener planet through electrification or learning to motivate and manage others.

"We can’t wait to meet the right people and have them embark on a career path that leads to countless possibilities.”

Daniel Hampson, 19, an automotive engineering apprentice, added: “Submitting my application to become an apprentice here is one of the best decisions I’ve made.

"I would tell anyone considering applying that they should just go for it. Everyone I work with – both at work and at college – is friendly and supportive.

"I’ve learnt a huge amount, and I’m proud of the things I can do now. I know I make a difference and I’m continually learning as I go.

"What’s more – instead of racking up student debt, I’m earning. By the time my friends finish university and start looking for jobs, I’ll have real world experience in a global business, no debt, and my qualification too. I cannot recommend it enough.”

Applications are open until Friday, March1, with apprentices starting their roles in September, and for more information about roles available and to apply visit Leyland Trucks' website.