Published: 05 Mar 2013

An employee at Jennings Ford in Stockton has returned to work on a part-time basis after having time out to have a family.

When the time came for first-time Mum, Charlotte Debnath, 21, from Middlesbrough, to return to work at the end of her maternity leave following the birth of her baby daughter, Lola, she was in a dilemma about working on a full-time basis.

Despite being keen to get back to work as a sales administrator within the busy sales department at Jennings Ford’s Yarm Road dealership and to start earning a regular wage again, Charlotte also didn’t want to miss out on spending quality time with her baby daughter, Lola.

“I discussed my work options with my manager and talked through the options available to me with our HR manager and my part-time hours were agreed almost immediately,” said Charlotte.

Charlotte’s new working hours entail working one full day and three half days at the dealership.

“It was a great relief for me when I was offered part-time working hours. I really feel like I am getting the best of both worlds because I’m getting my hand back in at work and able to support my family financially and I’m also able to spend quality time with Lola.”

Charlotte started working at the Yarm Road dealership in March 2010.

Her role as sales administrator entails working as part of a team, taxing vehicles for customers, arranging customer car insurance, arranging dealer transfers and collating customer handover packs for vehicle deliveries.

Ray Riaz, general manager at the Jennings Ford branch in Stockton, said; “In the short time Charlotte has been employed at the dealership, she has proved to be an asset to the sales administration team.”

Charlotte and her partner celebrated the birth of their daughter on 15th February 2012. Born at James Cook University Hospital, baby Lola weighed 5lb 15ozs.

Jennings Ford is part of the Jennings Motor Group which operates Ford branches in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Gateshead, in addition to two Ford Direct sites based at Middlesbrough and South Shields. The group’s Mazda and SEAT franchises can be found in Middlesbrough branch, Jennings Kia, is based in Washington.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Stockton, call in to the Yarm Road dealership or contact 01642 632200.

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