Published: 18 Mar 2015

Joshua gears for sales through Apprenticeship at Jennings Kia

An ambitious teenager from Washington is steering towards a career in car sales through an Apprenticeship programme at Jennings Kia, part of the award-winning Jennings Motor Group.

18-year-old Joshua Pollard, from Teal Farm, has always wanted to work in the motor industry and thanks to securing an Apprenticeship as a sales executive at the group’s Parsons Road dealership in Washington, that dream is now becoming a reality.

After completing his GCSEs at Biddick Academy, formerly Biddick Comprehensive School in Washington, Joshua initially embarked on a BTEC in Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness at Usworth College, but over time, his lifelong ambition to work in the motor industry, took hold.

The one-year Apprenticeship will see Joshua learn job specific skills and gain hands-on experience, in addition to working towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications and taking part in on-going assessments.

Despite having been taken on as an Apprentice at Jennings Kia, the dedicated teenager hasn’t completely given up his studies.  On his day off, he attends the college in order to complete the BTEC course.

Joshua said; “The Apprenticeship programme was the perfect option for me because I am able to gain practical experience from trained professionals in their field, in addition to working towards achieving additional qualifications and I’m also earning a wage at the same time – it really does offer the best of both worlds.”

Jennings Kia sells the entire new Kia model line-up, in addition to a wide range of quality used cars to customers on a local and national level.

Joshua added; “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and looking forward to learning new skills.”

Joshua is part of Jennings Motor Group’s on-going commitment to the Apprenticeship programme.  Since May last year, a total of 26 youngsters have been appointed through the Apprentice Programme across various departments including sales, service, parts and accounts.

Chris Nixon, franchise manager at Jennings Kia in Washington, said; “Joshua is very keen and committed individual and an asset to the sales team at Washington.”

Customers of Jennings Kia can also take advantage of a service, MOT and parts department at the Parsons Road site in Washington. 

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, call into the Parsons Road dealership, contact 0191 5525810.

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