Published: 28 Jul 2009
A dedicated employee at Jennings Ford has been rewarded for more than four decades of loyalty – and it’s the same job he started when he left school in 1969.
But the world of motors wasn’t the first choice for 55-year-old, Howard Wallace, from East Herrington, who originally was keen to become a joiner after leaving school at the tender age of 15.
“Initially, I wanted to be a joiner, but in those days you just couldn’t get a start anywhere,” said Howard.
He added; “I ended up being taken on as an apprentice mechanic at the branch in Sunderland, which in those days was known in the trade as Cowies, but I can honestly say it turned out to be the best career move for me and I haven’t looked back since.”
Howard spent five years training to become a fully fledged mechanic, a role which is known in today’s industry as a motor vehicle technician.
Over the years, it’s not just the job title that has changed, but also the advances in technology have made significant changes to Howard’s role.
“Years ago, everything was done manually, nowadays it’s all done at the simple touch of a button.”
The presentation took place at Jennings Ford’s service department at the Riverside Road dealership, just off Wessington Way in Sunderland, where operations director, Nicky Dalkin and car and commercial after sales manager, Ian Grant, handed the reward vouchers to Howard.
Commenting on the loyalty achievement, Nicky Dalkin, operations director for Jennings Motor Group, said; “Howard has worked exceptionally hard and is a dedicated member of staff.”
He added; “Even though we haven’t been Howard’s employer for the length of service he has accrued to date, it is company policy to recognise and reward individual employees who have worked for previous employers prior to Jennings acquiring the business.”
Jennings Motor Group acquired the North Hylton Road dealership in Sunderland, formerly known as Arriva Ford, in 2005.
In September 2006, the group officially launched its new state-of-the-art dealership located on Riverside Road, just off Wessington Way in Sunderland.
For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call into the Riverside Road dealership contact 0191 5491111.
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