Published: 09 Apr 2014

The internet has steered an ambitious youngster towards a successful career in the motor industry after being appointed as an Apprentice at Jennings Kia, part of the Jennings Motor Group.

17-year-old, Ellis Matthews, from Washington, has joined the group’s service department on Parsons Road in Washington where she is the first member of staff to embark on the combined service and parts advisor programme through the successful Kia Academy Apprenticeship programme.

The three-year programme will not only see Ellis gain valuable on-the-job experience, but it will also enable her to gain nationally recognised qualifications, in addition to completing bespoke training courses at Kia’s Nottingham-based training centre.

Ellis said; “The Apprenticeship programme offers the best of both worlds because I am gaining hands on experience, in addition to being given the opportunity to achieve extra qualifications and I am also earning a wage, so it’s the perfect option for me.

“This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for me to progress a career in a customer-facing role, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

At the end of the programme Ellis will have an IMI Level 2 and 3 Diploma in vehicle parts competence, Level 3 Diploma in vehicle parts principles and IMI Level 3 certificate in customer service.

A former pupil of Washington Comprehensive School, Ellis who achieved eight GCSEs initially embarked on a Health and Social Care course at Usworth Sixth Form College in Washington, but after a year she decided that it wasn’t for her and steered towards the Apprenticeship option.

Spotting the vacancy on-line, Ellis submitted her cv and was asked to attend an interview where her potential was immediately recognised and she was offered the Apprenticeship placement.

Welcoming Ellis on board, service manager, June Appleyard said; “Ellis is the first employee to embark on an Apprenticeship programme through the Kia Academy and I am confident that the determination and commitment she has demonstrated so far, will contribute towards success in the future.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, contact 0191 461 9140 or visit

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