Apprenticeship steers Carlton towards a successful career as a technician

Posted on 13 Feb 2012

An ambitious youngster aiming to follow in his father’s footsteps is on track to a successful career at Jennings Ford.

Carlton Murray, 18, from Blyth in Northumberland, has embarked on his final year of a three-year Apprenticeship programme at the Eslington Park dealership in Gateshead, with the aim to become a fully fledged Ford approved motor technician.

The Apprenticeship Programme involves Carlton taking part in on-the-job training, in addition to ongoing assessments and block release training.

Carlton is expected to complete the Apprenticeship, which is managed and co-ordinated by Ford automotive training provider, Skillnet, later this year when it will steer him towards full-time employment and take him a step closer towards following his father, Steven Murray.

While Carlton is expected to complete his Apprenticeship this year, his father,

Steven, has been employed at the Jennings Ford dealership in Gateshead for the past 15 years. In 2005, Steven was one of the region’s first technicians to qualify in a ground breaking national initiative, governed by The Institute of the Motor Industry.

The highly prestigious Automotive Technician Accreditation was awarded to Steven after he successfully passed a number of rigorous practical and theory tests. He has since progressed and achieved the highest level of master technician status.

Meanwhile, mechanically minded Carlton is 100 per cent committed to the job and determined to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“The Apprenticeship programme has allowed me to gain practical hands on experience and at the same time work towards nationally recognised qualifications, which is a great opportunity for me and to be working alongside my Dad is an added bonus,” said Carlton.

Ian Stewart, service manager at Jennings Ford in Gateshead, said; “Carlton is a dedicated individual and we expect him to pass the Apprenticeship and achieve his motor technician qualifications with flying colours.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Gateshead, call into the Eslington Park branch or contact 0191 4607464.

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