An ambitious youngster, from South Shields, is gearing towards a successful career in accountancy, after embarking on an apprenticeship programme at Jennings Ford Direct, part of the Jennings Motor Group.
Shannon Jenkins, 18, has embarked on a one-year Apprenticeship programme at the group’s Newcastle Road dealership in South Shields.
Opting for an apprenticeship has been a complete change of career path for Shannon who after leaving Boldon Comprehensive School with 13 GCSEs, completed a one-year B-Tec Level 3 course in art and design at Gateshead College and the following year went on to complete a beauty therapy course at South Tyneside College.
After deciding that accountancy was the career path she wanted to take, Shannon was keen to find a suitable apprenticeship so she could gain valuable hands-on experience and work towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications.
Attending a recent apprenticeship open day organised by Jennings Motor Group resulted in Shannon being shortlisted for an interview.
“The open day event allowed me to find out more about the apprenticeship programme and gave me a proper insight into the role and responsibilities of an accounts administrator and I just knew it was the perfect option for me.”
Working as part of a five-strong team, Shannon will learn all aspects of accountancy, including purchase ledger, credit control, banking, petty cash, in addition to month end and annual reports.
Welcoming Shannon on board, group accountant, John Hepple, said; “The apprenticeship programmes give youngsters the opportunity to gain valuable experience whilst at the same time, work towards gaining additional qualifications.
“Shannon is one of many apprentices being taken on within various departments at dealerships across the group and who will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with trained professionals in their field.”
The Jennings Ford Direct dealership houses hundreds of nearly-new Ford cars which are sourced and delivered direct from the manufacturer. Customers can also take advantage of a service and parts department on site at the branch.
For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford Direct, call into the Newcastle Road dealership, contact 0191 4276666, or visit www.jenningsmotorgroup.co.uk