Young people across the region are continuing to take advantage of our popular apprenticeship scheme which took on 40 new recruits last year and we’ll be looking for at least another 25 during 2018.
Over the last four years, we have attracted hundreds of young people to our assessment days and currently have a total of 107 apprentices, working in a variety of roles including as trainee service advisers, apprentice technicians and parts apprentices.
This month, we have again launched this year’s scheme, again running two and three year apprenticeships resulting in NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualifications alongside IMI Technical Certificates.
We will be offering apprenticeships at most of our 50 dealerships throughout Yorkshire, the North East, the Humber, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire - search via careers here.
At Mercedes-Benz Chesterfield, three young people are realising their dreams. Year 2 apprentice technician Yasar Rahman, age 19, of Rotherham is so keen to work in the motor industry that he makes a 36 mile round journey to work every day! He explains: “It’s fantastic to be working for such a prestige brand and to have the stability of a good job with prospects. This apprenticeship gives me a secure future with the chance to develop my skills and progress in an industry I love.”
Year 1 apprentice technician Jordan Brownhill, 23, from Sheffield, previously spent two years with the dealership working as a valeter before deciding to embark on a more structured career path - he applied for the apprenticeship vacancy and passed all the assessments and interviews with both us and Mercedes-Benz. Jordan says: ““I started working here three years ago washing cars, but I knew I wanted to gain the technical knowledge to move into the workshop and this apprenticeship has enabled me to do that. It’s given me a better future, where I can progress and keep learning. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and this structured programme gives me the support to achieve recognised qualifications and feel like I’m really going somewhere.”
Seventeen year old Skye Siddall of Chesterfield a successful go-karter who has always wanted to be a technician, really impressed us during the apprentice technician assessments last year. She has joined Mercedes-Benz Chesterfield in the service department studying Level 2 customer service and on completion this September, she will begin a motor vehicle technician apprenticeship. Skye comments: “I’ve wanted to work in mechanics for a few years now and my dream is to be an F1 technician. It’s so much more exciting being in a work environment while you learn – the people here are really nice and I look forward to coming to work every day.”
Katie Saunders, our HR directo, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented young people coming into our business and being attracted to a career in the motor industry. While having some academic qualifications and IT skills is an advantage, what we’re really looking for are people who are hardworking, motivated and have good interpersonal skills – they need to have the right attitude, determination, a willingness to listen and learn and be a great team player.
“We have developed a programme which gives our apprentices the skills they need to pursue a career with us, while ensuring that they are supported along the way. As well as giving each apprentice their own mentor in the work place and a vocational learning adviser linked to their training college, we can also promise them supportive managers and colleagues throughout JCT600 as you would expect in a family business.”
Added: 01 May 2018