Promotion sees Ian take on workshop foreman role at Jennings Ford Direct
Posted on 02 Jun 2016
A recent promotion has resulted in a loyal member of staff at Jennings Ford Direct, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, take on a completely new role within the workshop at the dealership.
34-year-old, Ian McDonald, from Jarrow, has been promoted from senior motor vehicle technician, to workshop foreman at the Newcastle Road dealership in South Shields.
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Working alongside Sean O’Sullivan, Ian, will be jointly responsible for overseeing an eight-strong team of motor vehicle technicians, as well as the day-to-day running of the workshop, diagnosing and fixing problems under the bonnet, in addition to liaising with customers.
Ian said; “The promotion will not only allow me to gain valuable experience in team leadership, but it will also allow me to build a rapport with individual customers.”
After completing his GCSEs at Hedworth Field Comprehensive School in Jarrow, Ian went on to study at Gateshead College, where he completed a one-year BTEC First Diploma in motor vehicle studies. He then secured a three-year Apprenticeship at the South Tyneside-based dealership and started working within the former Rapid Fit department. After two years he transferred to take on the role of motor vehicle technician and eight years ago, he achieved senior motor vehicle technician status, prior to the recent promotion to workshop foreman.
Service manager, Duncan Oliver, said; “Ian has been a loyal member of staff for the past 17 years and this is the only company he has worked for. He is a dedicated and committed member of the aftersales team and he deserved the recent promotion, which I’m sure will see him go from strength to strength.”
In addition to providing an aftersales service to customers with a service, MOT and parts department on site, the branch also sells a wide range of quality approved used vehicles, which have been delivered direct from the manufacturer.
For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford Direct, call in to the Newcastle Road dealership, contact
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