Jennings Motor Group’s specialist technician takes over as Workshop Foreman at Washington service department

Posted on 19 Nov 2015

One of Jennings Motor Group’s top technicians has received his third promotion within 10 years’ service with the company.

Paul Eltringham, 37, from County Durham, has taken over as workshop foreman at the group’s Kia and Ford service department, based on Parsons Road in Washington.

The new role entails being responsible for the day-to-day running of the workshop, overseeing a team of 17 members of staff, in addition to organising, prioritising and allocating specific jobs on a daily basis to members of the busy service and MOT team, as well as ensuring the highest quality of workmanship is carried out at all times.   

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Delighted with the promotion, Paul, said; “Over the years I have been given many opportunities to progress my career within the group.  The promotion is another excellent opportunity for me and a challenge I am very much looking forward to.”

Paul’s career with Jennings Motor Group began in 2005 when he was appointed as a motor vehicle technician.  Within a few years, after passing relevant theory and practical courses, he received his first promotion to senior motor vehicle technician.  Completing additional training and assessments last year, resulted in Paul becoming a fully-fledged specialist technician – the highest level that can be achieved within the industry.

June Appleyard, service manager at the group’s Washington site, said; “As a company committed to continuously training and developing staff, Paul is a perfect example of what can be achieved as a result of hard work, dedication and continuous commitment.

“He is an asset to the service team and truly deserved the promotion.”

Working alongside Paul is recently promoted workshop controller, Andrew Hogarth, who has transferred from the group’s Ford Direct dealership in South Shields where he previously worked as a senior technician.

Over the years, Andrew has gained a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge working for a number of motor dealers across the region.

The service department at Washington has a dedicated team of staff, all of whom are committed to delivering the highest level of customer service, in addition to Paul’s team of trained motor vehicle technicians who are responsible for carrying out service and MOTs on customer’s cars, using the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, as well as genuine Kia and Ford parts.

Paul added; “Customers can relax in the knowledge that all of our technicians are fully trained and will carry out work to the highest standard, using only genuine parts.”

Customers can also take advantage of a showroom located on the Parsons Road site in Washington, where the full new Kia car line-up is on display and available to test drive.

The new Kia car range includes everything from the Picanto, Rio, Soul, Venga, cee’d GT, new cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon, new pro_cee’d and pro_cee’d GT to the Optima, Carens, Sportage and all-new Sorento.

An impressive display of quality used cars is also available at the Washington dealership.

As a Motability accredited dealer, customers who are eligible to lease a new car through Kia’s Motability programme, can take advantage of a team of Motability specialists who are on hand to give professional advice and assistance. 

For more information about the range of products and services available, call into the Parsons Road site in Washington, contact the showroom on 0191 552 5800, service department on 0191 4619140.

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