Published: 28 Nov 2016

I’s a family affair for latest recruit at Jennings Ford Direct

An ambitious youngster is keeping it in the family after securing his very first full-time job at the same company and department as his father.

Ian Stewart, 16, from Farringdon in Sunderland, is the latest recruit to join the busy parts department at Jennings Ford Direct on Newcastle Road in South Shields and he’s no stranger to a certain member of staff there – Ian Stewart senior – his father.

In his new role as parts sales person, Ian will be responsible for stock control, picking part items for customer orders, assisting with loading delivery vans, cutting car keys and making number plates, in addition to taking telephone enquiries and liaising with the general public.

The former Farringdon Community Academy pupil is looking forward to learning new skills and gaining experience within the parts department at the dealership.

He said: “This is my very first experience of working full time and I am grateful and delighted to have been given such an excellent opportunity with one of the region’s longest established and well respected motor dealer groups. 

“I’m looking forward to learning the computer system and how the department operates, and obviously, working with my Dad is an added bonus!”

For the past 16 years Ian Stewart senior has also been employed by Jennings Motor Group.  He first started working as a driver at the group’s former bodyshop department in Sunderland, prior to transferring to the South Shields branch to work as a driver within the parts department.

Ian Stewart senior said: “It’s great that Ian has been given the opportunity not only to embark on a career with the same employer, but also in the same department.”

As well as spending each working day in each other’s company, the father and son duo are also season ticket holders with Sunderland AFC and regularly attend the matches together. 

As well as providing a range of aftersales facilities to customers, including parts, service and MOT, the dealership also sells quality approved used vehicles, which have been delivered direct from Ford, in addition to operating a Used Car Outlet.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford Direct, call into the Newcastle Road dealership, contact 0333 41 49750.

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