A DEDICATED employee who has worked for the same firm for 25 years has been rewarded for his loyalty.
Martin Small, 43, from Stockton, is celebrating a quarter of a century at Jennings Ford in Stockton.
After leaving Basselton School in Thornaby at the age of 16, Small embarked on a Youth Training programme at the Yarm Road dealership, where he trained to become a motor vehicle technician. After two years, he was taken on the books full time. Gaining valuable hands on experience working alongside trained professionals and completing various training programmes through Ford Motor Company resulted in a promotion to senior motor vehicle technician in 1996.
Working as part of a 15-strong team, his role in the busy aftersales department entails carrying out service, MOTs, maintenance work and repairs to customers’ vehicles.
Small said: ‘Taking the Youth Training route certainly turned out to be the best option for me, as it has enabled me to progress my career with relevant training and continued support from my employer.’
As well as Ford models changing significantly over the past 25 years, he has also witnessed the rapid changes in technology. ‘Today, customers can relax in the knowledge that work is being carried out by an approved Ford motor vehicle technician, using the latest Ford diagnostic equipment and tools, as well as genuine Ford parts,’ he said.
To mark Small’s 25-year loyalty milestone, Paul Barker, workshop controller at the Stockton-based dealership, presented him with a loyalty certificate and vouchers.
Barker said: ‘I’ve worked with Martin for many years. He’s a dedicated and conscientious member of the service team, and it was a pleasure presenting his certificate and loyalty vouchers to mark a quarter of a century’s worth of loyalty.’
Jennings Ford operates three dealerships at Stockton, Middlesbrough and Gateshead.
Pictured at top: Paul Barker, left, presents Martin Small with his loyalty vouchers
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