Young apprentice impresses Derby business

A female motor technician’s search for an apprenticeship is over after a Derby business read about her plight to find her dream job.

Imperial Commercials Volkswagen Van Centre in Derby has taken on 18-year-old Hannah Mills as an apprentice after being impressed by her determination to find work despite scores of rejections.

Hannah had applied for more than 50 jobs with no success but she refused to give up hope of landing her dream job working as a technician.

Hannah, who already has a level two qualification in motor mechanics from Burton and South Derbyshire College, will now attend Volkswagen’s own training academy in Milton Keynes to become a fully-qualified Volkswagen technician.

Imperial Commercials’ human resources manager, Emma Bulgin, said she had made contact with Hannah after reading about her rejections in a local newspaper.

“I invited Hannah down and showed her around. She liked what we did so she had an interview and an assessment with Elliot Austin, our aftersales manager, and the Volkswagen Training Academy to ensure she was educated up to the right standard.

“We have now taken her on full-time and she will continue her studies with us through an apprenticeship, going to the Volkswagen Training Academy in Milton Keynes on a block release basis rather than the full time college she previously attended.

“It is a three-year apprenticeship after which she will be given the opportunity to become a master technician should she pass. We are delighted to have been able to help Hannah look forward to her enjoying a long and successful career here.”

Hannah, of Walton-on-Trent, said she was delighted to have finally been given an opportunity to prove herself.

“I had sent off between 50 and 60 letters but got nowhere.  I have dreamed of being a technician since I was a little girl and now I feel I am well on my way.

“I am so grateful to Imperial Commercials for giving me this chance.”

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