Published: 13 Feb 2014

An ambitious teenager is following in his father’s footsteps after securing an Apprenticeship at Jennings Kia, part of the Jennings Motor Group.

Connor Small, 16, from Stockton, has joined the group’s latest flagship dealership on Concorde Way, Preston Farm, as an Apprentice motor vehicle technician.  The same career path his 39-year-old father Martin Small took in 1990, when he was appointed as an Apprentice at the group’s Ford dealership on Yarm Road in Stockton.

Still working within the busy service department at Jennings Ford, Martin currently works as a senior motor vehicle technician, a role Connor also hopes to progress to in the future.

After achieving six GCSE’s at Grangefield School in Stockton, Connor knew he wanted to work towards achieving additional qualifications, but he was also keen to gain practical hands-on experience and the Apprenticeship route was the perfect solution for him.

Connor said; “Apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds, not only am I able to work towards nationally recognised qualifications, but I am also gaining valuable hands-on experience and learning job-specific skills from members of staff qualified in their field, in addition to earning a wage, which is definitely an added bonus.”

At the end of the three-year Apprenticeship, Connor will be a fully fledged Kia approved motor vehicle technician.  The status will allow him to repair and service customer’s vehicles, in addition to fitting parts to vehicles and carrying out diagnostic checks to identify any problems under the bonnet.

Connor’s father, Martin Small, said; “I am delighted that Connor has chosen to pursue the same career, he has always been interested in what goes on under the bonnet and this is an excellent opportunity for him.”  

The after sales department at the Jennings Kia dealership in Stockton consists of a service, MOT and parts department.  Fully approved Kia technicians are employed to carry out servicing, MOT’s and repairs to customer’s vehicles.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia contact 01642 632299, Jennings Ford contact 01642 632200, or visit

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