Apprenticeship opens door to opportunity for ambitious Melanie

Posted on 10 Jun 2009

A dedicated and ambitious youngster is on the road to a successful career at Jennings Ford in Stockton.

Melanie Wood, 18, from Stockton, has embarked on an Apprenticeship Programme through the North East Chamber of Commerce, which has landed her a job in the sales administration department at Jennings Ford’s Yarm Road dealership.

Having completed her ‘A’ Levels in Law and Travel at Stockton Sixth Form College, Melanie was keen to start working full-time.

Melanie said; “I heard about the Apprenticeship Programme through College. Initially, I was keen to embark on the Legal Secretary Apprenticeship, but when I found out about the Business Administration I just knew it was the perfect option for me.”

Working closely with qualified and experience staff in the sales administration department at the Jennings Ford branch in Stockton, Melanie is gaining valuable hands on experience and at the same time working towards achieving an NVQ (National Vocation Qualification) Level 2 in Business Administration.

Melanie added; “The Apprenticeship Programme has certainly been the right career move for me, it’s great being able to gain both practical and theory experience and at the same time achieve nationally recognised qualifications.”

Melanie is aiming for the top and when she has successfully completed Level 2, she is keen to embark on the next level with the aim to eventually work in a managerial role in the future.

Ray Riaz, general manager at Jennings Ford in Stockton, said; “We’re delighted to welcome Melanie on board. She is an extremely dedicated and conscientious member of staff who has ambition to succeed.”

Kelly Al-Sundukchi, regional manger for North East Chamber of Commerce, said;

“The NECC is the largest Training Provider in the North East and offer a wide range of training programmes including, Train to Gain, Apprenticeship and Commercial programmes. We are pleased to be working in partnership with JenningsFord offering young people like Melanie the opportunity to progress within the workplace and gain valuable experience whilst gaining a valuable, recognisable qualification. Melanie is new to the programme but keen to progress quickly through the qualification and go onto her Business Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.”

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