A Drive For Everyone

Published: 30 Jun 2010

A member of staff at Jennings Ford in Gateshead has been rewarded for his loyalty to the same company he has worked for since leaving school.

Mark Thompson, 42, from Dunston in Gateshead, started working on a Youth Training Scheme at the Eslington Park dealership after leaving school at the age of 16.

Since then, Mark has worked his way up the ranks, achieved additional qualifications and received various promotions, the most recent to workshop controller within the service department.

“When I left school I really wasn’t sure which career path to take. It was a career advisor who steered me towards motors and the JenningsFord dealership, which was then known as Peter Garven’s.”

Mark added; “It turned out to be the best move for me and I’ve been here ever since, it’s the one and only job I’ve had.”

After spending one year on a YTS scheme, Mark embarked on an Apprenticeship Programme within the service departments and four years later became a Ford approved motor technician.

In 2003, after a number of intense training and practical examinations, Mark was one of the region’s first technicians to qualify in a ground breaking initiative which was governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry, and achieved his Ford Masters technician status. Mark was one of only 50 technicians nationwide who achieved the accreditation.

In 2006, Mark was promoted from being a Master technician to workshop controller.

The presentation for achieving 25 years’ loyalty to the company, took place at the Gateshead dealership where service manager, Ian Stewart, handed the vouchers to Mark.

Delighted to present the vouchers, Ian said; “Mark is a committed individual who has worked hard over the years and gained valuable experience and knowledge which has contributed to his success with the company.”

Mark is the fifteenth employee across the Jennings Ford group, to have been rewarded for his loyalty to the company since the start of 2010.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Gateshead, customers can call into the Eslington Park dealership or contact 0191 4607464.

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