FIVE apprentices from Benfield Motor Group have been treated to a sports car race day after completing training.
Motor apprentices Steven Boyes, Adam Sproat, Jason Roach, Charlie Harvey and Lewis Elliott were able to get in the driver’s seat of a Lamborghini as a reward for coming through the programme, which was provided by Babcock International.
Newcastle-based Benfield is active in the recruitment of apprentices and are delighted with their apprenticeship programme and its success rate. The car dealer has also invested heavily in training new recruits to become motoring experts.
Benfield Motor Group is the North East’s largest Independent Motor Group and has 30 dealerships throughout the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Scotland.
Nigel McMinn, managing director of Benfield Motor Group, said: “We are a family business and have a general ethos about training and coaching our staff to become the crème de le crème of the motor industry. The apprenticeship scheme is an excellent way of involving young people with a desire to learn and develop their skills and career and we are with the candidates every step of the way.
“The five graduates have shown tremendous potential from start to finish and sailed through their on-the-job training with high standards throughout.”
Charlie Harvey, at VW Carrs, Hexham, said: “This was the best end to a great apprenticeship. It has been a lot of hard work but having this to look forward to has been a real incentive.
“Driving a Lamborghini is just something else and has always been something that I have wanted to do and now I have fulfilled that dream.
“I am now a fully qualified service technician and will undergo continual training with lots more courses booked in already. My future at Benfield is open with many options and opportunities ahead of me. I have now set my sights on specialising as a master technician and I know that I will be supported all the way.”