A young car enthusiast from Norton Fitzwarren has secured his dream job thanks to a successful work placement with a Taunton business.
Daniel Neal made such a good impression whilst undertaking voluntary work experience at Volkswagen Taunton Van Centre, that he has gone on to be appointed in a full-time position with the company.
The 21-year-old has been appointed as a sales executive at the van centre’s sister car retailer in Bridgwater.
He worked for two days a week over two years while studying for a diploma in mechanics and is understandably delighted with his new role.
Daniel said: “I set up my own work experience at the van centre because I wanted to gain first hand industry knowledge.
“Whilst working at the van centre I discovered a keen interest in the sales side of the business.”
Daniel’s story demonstrated what hard work and education can lead to; after he was made redundant from a role he has been in since leaving school.
He added: “I decided to use the opportunity to further my education and develop my skills in the motor industry, by studying for a diploma in mechanics at Somerset College of Arts and Technology.
“After two years of studying at college and the van centre I’ve now landed my dream job.
“I am very grateful to both Bridgwater Volkswagen and Taunton Van Centre for the opportunities and support which they have shown me.
“I am passionate about the Volkswagen brand and I want to go as far in my career as I can.”
In his new role as sales executive Daniel will undertake a 15 month Volkswagen training programme which will provide in-depth product and technology knowledge, and business experience.
Adrian Bull, brand manager at Bridgwater Volkswagen, said: “Daniel made a lasting impression when he carried out his work experience. His dedication and work ethic really impressed.
“We believe that finding the right people is integral to our business success. Daniel will be a great asset to Bridgwater Volkswagen.
“We have discovered a passionate individual who has a keen interest in the motor industry and I am sure he will go far.”
Taunton Van Centre and Bridgwater Volkswagen are part of Silver Street Automotive, supplying new and approved used passenger cars, and Volkswagen commercial vehicles, across the south west.