Apprentices take first step on career ladder

Two young car enthusiasts from Gloucester are embarking on a three-year apprenticeship with the aim of becoming the best in the business.

Seventeen-year-old Jamie Mackey and eighteen-year-old, Jordan Bridge, have been accepted by Cheltenham Volkswagen to be the latest recruits on the technician apprenticeship scheme.

Over the next three years Cheltenham Volkswagen will invest nearly £60,000 to train Jamie and Jordan through to technician status.

Cheltenham Volkswagen’s brand manager, Phil Smale, said: “In the current economic climate, its important local businesses give youngsters the opportunity to learn and develop a career.

“Both Jamie and Jordan are passionate about cars and are willing to work hard, two of the main reasons why they’ve been given the place on the apprenticeship programme.

“They’re both at the start of their careers but I’m sure we will see great things from these guys.”

Jordan, from Pershore, said: “I love working with cars and I was thrilled when I heard the news that I had been accepted on to the apprenticeship scheme.

“I hope to work my way up the ladder to become a Volkswagen master technician but I know that is a few years off yet!”

Jamie, from Churchdown, who studied an NVQ in car maintenance at Gloucester College, said: “I love all types of vehicles and this is the only job I have ever wanted to do. I am passionate about the Volkswagen brand and I want to go as far in my career as I can.

“I am over the moon to I be given this opportunity and very grateful to Cheltenham Volkswagen for giving me this chance.”