Apprentice drives on with his career

Body repair apprentice Mckenzie Mason at work.
Body repair apprentice Mckenzie Mason at work.

An apprentice from Forest Hall is driving towards a successful career after landing employment at an automotive firm.

Trewicks Accident Repair Centre has taken on Mckenzie Mason as a body repair apprentice.

The 18-year-old is currently studying Level 2 body and paint at Gateshead College as part of his apprenticeship.

Mckenzie said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at the company and the training at Gateshead College has given me the perfect preparation for my new role.

“My body and paint course has equipped me with the vital knowledge I need to work as a body repairer or paint refinisher.

“I’m still learning new skills as my apprenticeship progresses and gaining a wider understanding or more general issues such as workplace health and safety, vehicle assessments and practical problem solving.”

Mckenzie is one of nine Gateshead College apprentices to find employment at local automotive firms.

Tom Widdrington, manager of Newcastle-based Trewicks Accident Repair Centre, said: “Our three apprentices are an integral part of our business.

“They have all come into the business with the right attitude and skills that have enabled them to hit the ground running and make a real difference.

“Apprenticeships are especially useful for automotive firms, which need to recruit a steady stream of young talent to replace older workers who’ve retired.”

Mick Brophy, managing director of business, innovation and development at Gateshead College, said: “The academy provides the perfect environment for our students to prepare themselves for the world of work.

“We have forged strong links with employers in this sector through apprenticeship schemes and other vocational training which equips students with the skills businesses really need.”