Published: 07 Apr 2016

Apprenticeship drives youngster towards full-time employment in sales administration

An Apprenticeship programme has steered a young woman on the road to a full-time career at Jennings Kia, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

Olivia Jeal, 19, from Middlesbrough, has completed a one-year Apprenticeship programme in sales administration at the group’s Concorde Way dealership in Stockton.

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Throughout the programme, Olivia gained valuable hands-on experience through on-the-job training, in addition to achieving an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration.

Looking forward to a career within the motor industry, Olivia said; “I have thoroughly enjoyed the Apprenticeship scheme, which allowed me to learn new skills and work towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications.

“Being offered full-time employment at the end of it, is a dream come true and a challenge I am very much looking forward to.”

Working within the busy sales administration department, Olivia’s full-time role involves taxing new and used vehicles, checking vehicle stock, liaising with customers, invoicing and filing. 

Franchise manager, Steven Flack, said; “As a company, we are committed to the Apprenticeship programme and Olivia is one of many Apprentices being taken on within various departments across the group.

“She is a dedicated and committed member of the team and we are delighted to welcome her on board.”

A former pupil of Nunthorpe Comprehensive School, Olivia achieved 11 GCSE qualifications and spent a year working towards achieving ‘A’ Level qualifications before embarking on a BTEC in Sport Therapy.  She is currently working towards a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Hillsview Academy Sixth Form College in Middlesbrough.

The Jennings Kia dealership sells the entire range of models in the new car line-up, everything from the Picanto, Rio, Soul, Venga, cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon to the pro_cee’d, pro_cee’d GT, special edition SR7 range and the all-new Sportage, Optima and Soul Urban is on display and available to test drive.

In addition to selling the new Kia car range, customers ca also take advantage of a range of Kia approved used vehicles on display and available to test drive.

A range of after sales facilities is also available at the dealership with a service, MOT and parts department housed on site.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia call 0333 414 9750.

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