An ambitious young mother from South Tyneside has been taken on as an apprentice at Jennings Ford Direct, part of the Jennings Motor Group.
Siobhan Parker, 20, from Hebburn, has joined the Newcastle Road dealership in South Shields as an apprentice service receptionist.
The two-year programme she will undergo will see her learning all aspects of after sales and customer service via on-the-job training and continuous assessments.
Prior to joining the motor dealer’s busy service department, Parker embarked on an apprenticeship in childcare, but after a short period of time decided it was not right for her.
After time gaining experience in retail sales, she realised that she wanted to pursue a career in a customer-facing role.
She said: “The apprenticeship not only allows me to gain valuable hands-on experience by learning from members of staff qualified in their field, but it also allows me to earn a wage, which means I am also able to financially support my family.”