Published: 06 Oct 2016

Driving ambition steers Lucy towards fulfilling dream career at Jennings Kia

A young Billingham woman is on track to fulfilling a lifelong ambition to become a motor vehicle technician, after securing an Apprenticeship with Jennings Kia, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

18-year-old Lucy Mallon is proving she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty under the bonnet after being the first female Apprentice motor vehicle technician to be taken on within the service department at the Jennings Kia dealership, based on Concorde Way in Stockton.

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Lucy said: “From as young as I can remember, I have always wanted to learn about how an engine works and what goes on underneath the bonnet of a car.”

After successfully achieving her GCSE qualifications at St Michael’s Catholic Academy in Billingham, Lucy went on to complete a one-year mechanics course at Hartlepool College.

The next step was to find a suitable Apprenticeship with a reputable motor dealer who was prepared to take Lucy’s career choice seriously.

Jennings Motor Group actively encourages both Apprenticeships and work experience placements at its branch network across the region and is supporting a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions Get in Go Far campaign and The Gazette.  The campaign has been set up to highlight the importance of work experience to young people and employers in the Durham and Tees Valley area.

Lucy went on to say: “I am so grateful to have been given this excellent opportunity with one of the region’s longest established and well respected motor dealer groups.

“It’s great to have found an employer so heavily focused on developing skills and knowledge.  I am particularly looking forward to the practical side of things and learning exactly how everything works underneath the bonnet.

“My family and friends have also been extremely supportive in my career choice, which is great too.”

The next three years will see Lucy gaining valuable hands-on experience working with one of Jennings Kia’s top master technicians, in addition to spending time taking part in various practical and theory sessions through a block release programme at Kia’s state-of-the-art Academy Training Centre in Nottingham.

Over the three-year programme Lucy will gain a national recognised qualification (IMI Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Competence, level 2 and 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles) gain a VRQ level 3 award in refrigerant handling (F-Gas) and become ATA accredited in Light Vehicle (service).

Ian Grant, service manager at the Jennings Kia dealership said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking Lucy on through the highly successful Apprenticeship programme. 

“It was evident at the interview that she is very keen to learn, extremely ambitious, determined to succeed and certainly isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.  I am extremely confident that Lucy will thoroughly enjoy the Apprenticeship and she will also be an asset to the service team.”

At the end of the three-year Apprenticeship and as a fully trained and qualified Kia light motor vehicle technician, Lucy’s role will entail being responsible for servicing vehicles, following strict guidelines set by Kia, repairing and replacing faulty parts and components, advising service advisors about faults and required parts, liaising with customers about work required as well as diagnosing complex vehicle faults.

For more information about the range of products and services available at the Jennings Kia Service department, call into the Concorde Way dealership, contact 0333 414 9750.

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