Ross is on track to a successful career thanks to Apprenticeship opportunity

Posted on 29 Apr 2010

An ambitious youngster is pursuing a lifelong dream to become a mechanic after embarking on an Apprenticeship programme at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough.

Ross Peirson, 18, from Coulby Newham in Middlesbrough, has joined the service department within the Cargo Fleet Lane dealership as an Apprentice Motor Vehicle Technician.

After leaving Nunthorpe Secondary School with a number of GCSE’s under his belt, Ross was keen to pursue his dream to become a mechanic and enrolled on a light motor vehicle technician course at Middlesbrough College.

Successfully completing two out of three years of the course at College, the theory lessons weren’t enough for ambitious Ross, who just couldn’t wait to get his hands dirty under the bonnet.

“When I found out that the Apprenticeship Programme would allow me to gain valuable on-the-job training, in addition to block release training and on-going assessments, I knew it was what I wanted to do,” said Ross.

After distributing his cv to motor dealers local to where he lives, he was contacted by JenningsFord and asked to attend an interview and later offered an Apprenticeship place at the Middlesbrough dealership.

Ross added; “It’s great, I absolutely love it. The Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds, everything I have learnt at College I have been able to put into practice on a daily basis at Jennings Ford and I am continuing with the theory side, having already been on a training course at Blackpool and looking forward to attending another one later in the year in Scotland.”

As a result of having already completed two years’ theory work at College, Ross is expected to complete the Apprenticeship Programme within 12 months.

Bob Lloyd, service manager at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough, said; “The Ford Apprenticeship programme, is managed and co-ordinated by Ford automotive training provider, Skillnet, and is an excellent opportunity for youngsters who are keen to gain on-the-job training and at the same time work towards a recognised qualification.”

He added; “Ross was an exceptional case as he had already completed two years at College, but the knowledge he has already gained, coupled with his determination and enthusiasm has allowed him to progress at a faster pace.”

At the end of the Programme, as well as being awarded Ford Motor Technician status, Ross will also be given the opportunity to progress through to Ford Masters Technician status. This includes three levels of accreditation; Service Maintenance Technician, Diagnostic Technician and Master Technician status.

Aiming for the top, Ross hopes to achieve Master Technician status in the future.

For more information about products and services available at Jennings Ford, customers can call into the Cargo Fleet Lane dealership or contact 01642 240055.

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