Published: 30 May 2013

A member of staff at Jennings Ford Direct, part of the Jennings Motor Group, has been rewarded after achieving 35 years’ loyalty with the company.

David Campbell, 51, from South Shields, started working for the company, formerly known as Selwoods, as an Apprentice vehicle parts representative after leaving Chuter Ede Comprehensive School in South Shields at the age of 16.

The four-year Apprenticeship programme involved on-the-job training within the Newcastle Road parts department, in addition to spending day release at Gateshead College where David achieved Northern Counties and City and Guilds qualifications.

His current role as senior vehicle parts advisor at the Newcastle Road dealership involves sourcing and supplying vehicle parts and accessories to members of the public and trade customers, arranging deliveries and monitoring stock control.

Over the years, David has witnessed a number of changes within the department, the most significant being advances in technology.

“When I first started working as an Apprentice, everything was done manually. Thanks to today’s advanced technology, everything we do within the parts department is all computerised. We use an electronic catalogue, which enables us to source parts and provide a fast and efficient service to our customers.

“I have always enjoyed my job and the people I’ve worked with, so I’ve had no reason to look for alternative employment.

“The loyalty reward is a great incentive for staff. I am looking forward to treating the family to a spending spree at the MetroCentre.”

To mark the 35 years milestone, group parts manager, Kevin Gibbon presented the loyalty vouchers to David at the Jennings Ford Direct dealership in South Shields.

“David has worked exceptionally hard over the years and is a valuable asset not only to the parts team at South Shields, but also to the company.”

2013 will see 23 members of staff across the group being rewarded for achieving a combined 535 years’ loyalty with the company.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford Direct, call into the Newcastle Road branch or contact 0191 4276666.

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