Apprentices steer towards careers in motor repair at Jennings Ford

Apprentices steer towards careers in motor repair at Jennings Ford

NORTH-EAST dealership chain Jennings Ford, part of the Jennings Motor Group, is steering a number of youngsters towards careers in the motor repair industry.

Apprentices Matthew Hunter (19), Mahbub Ahmed (24), and Joe Daniels (20), all from Darlington, are training towards becoming qualified vehicle body paint technicians at Jennings Ford’s Yarm Road dealership in Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham.

After successfully achieving Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) in accident repair paint at Darlington College, Ahmed and Daniels were taken on through the three-year Apprenticeship programme at Jennings Ford. The duo will receive on-going in-house training to gain additional qualifications and learn new skills.

Ahmed said: ‘It’s a great to have been given this excellent opportunity, especially after having completed a course relevant to this particular career path at College.’

Hunter is about to embark on his second year of the apprenticeship programme and will be taking part in a number of practical and theory training at Ford College in Loughborough, as well as gaining hands-on experience and training at the dealership.

Tony Hallimond, bodyshop manager at the Jennings Ford dealership in Stockton, is a prime example of what youngsters can achieve after starting his career as an apprentice at the same dealership, prior to working his way up the ranks as a result of various promotions.

Hallimond said: ‘There are many opportunities available within the motor repair industry for youngsters wanting to pursue a career in this particular field.

‘Matthew, Mahbub and Jo are dedicated, committed and ambitious individuals who are all expected to successfully complete the Apprenticeship programme and achieve the qualifications they need to progress their career further in the future.’

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