Published: 07 Nov 2016

Ryan embarks on Apprenticeship programme at Jennings Kia

An ambitious youngster is steering towards a career as a motor vehicle technician, after securing an Apprenticeship with Jennings Kia, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

18-year-old, Ryan Battista, from Denton Burn in Newcastle, has been appointed as an Apprentice motor vehicle technician at the group’s Parsons Road service department in Washington.

After completing his GCSEs and ‘A’ Levels at Kenton School in Newcastle, Ryan, who has always been keen to get his hands dirty under the bonnet, knew the Apprenticeship route was the ideal option for him.

Ryan said: “I’ve always wanted to learn about cars and how everything works.  Being given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and work towards achieving additional qualifications, was the perfect combination.

“It’s great to have been given this opportunity with a company so heavily focussed on Apprenticeships and developing skills and knowledge.”

The next three years will see Ryan gaining valuable hands-on experience working alongside one of the department’s Kia trained motor vehicle technicians, Gary Ramshaw, in addition to spending time taking part in a variety of practical and theory sessions through a block release programme at Kia’s state-of-the-art Academy Training Centre in Nottingham.

June Appleyard, service manager at Jennings Kia in Washington, said: “Ryan is one of three Apprentices we have taken on within the service department.  His hunger to learn new skills and his determination to succeed, was evident at the interview.  I’m sure he will successfully complete and thoroughly enjoy the programme.” 

At the end of the Apprenticeship, Ryan will be a fully trained and qualified Kia light motor vehicle technician.  His responsibilities will include servicing vehicles, following strict guidelines set out by Kia, repairing and replacing faulty parts and components, liaising with service advisors about faults and required parts, as well as diagnosing complex vehicle faults and liaising with customers about work required to be carried out.

Jennings Motor Group is committed to supporting both Apprenticeship programmes and work experience.  There are currently 22 Apprentices working in various departments, including service, sales, parts, accident repair and accounts, across the group.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, call into the Parsons Road dealership, contact service or sales on 0333 414 9750.

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