Teesside apprentice is hired!

Three years of hard work and training have paid off for a Teesside apprentice after he qualified as a technician with Middlesbrough’s Volkswagen retailer, Lookers.

Robbie Keenan (20), from Ormseby, joined the Newport Road retailer in 2008 as an apprentice, and has now achieved a personal goal to become a fully-qualified Volkswagen technician.

He becomes the family’s second technician at Lookers Volkswagen and will now focus on his next goal of becoming a master technician, a process which will take a further five years of training.

Lookers Volkswagen’s service manager, Neil Paul, said: “Robbie has worked diligently during the training programme and fully deserves to reach technician status.

“He is an accomplished and confident technician and everyone at Lookers are pleased he is forging a good career for himself.”

Robbie said: “I’m over the moon to have qualified as this is really the only job I’ve ever wanted to do. I really enjoy the work and I’m looking forward to taking even more qualifications and specialising in particular Volkswagen vehicles.

“I’m really grateful to Lookers, because the company has shown faith in my ability and backed my ambition by spending money on the training programme.”

It costs over £40,000 to train a candidate to technician status with further investment to continue developing a technician.