Lauren Bone now works as a Commercial Sales Consultant at Edwards Ford in Salisbury. She did her Apprenticeship in Vehicle Sales at the dealership, qualifying in 2017. After finishing her Apprenticeship, Lauren left the company to concentrate on a job in car sales, but she returned to Edwards Ford a year later after realising she’s much happier working in commercial sales. 

You may be wondering what happens when you’ve finished your Apprenticeship? What will your day be like? If you’re wondering what to expect from your job after you’ve completed your Apprenticeship, we’ve been talking to Rob Pallant-Bright, a light vehicle technician working at Lookers Ford Braintree who qualified in 2019. We chatted to him and asked him what he does on an average day:

Rob Pallant-Bright has just completed his light vehicle apprenticeship which he started in 2016. He works at Lookers in Braintree and studied on the Ford Dealer Apprenticeship Programme at the Henry Ford Academy. 

Liz Barr joined P J Nicholls in Tewkesbury 16 years ago as a sales administrator. Thanks to continuing training and development, she is now the branch’s General Manager and is working towards becoming Group General Manager. 

Abi Curson is the HR Manager for the Sandicliffe dealership in Loughborough. Abi began her career as a part-time payroll and HR administrator, and she did so well in this role, the company offered to pay for her training, firstly her Certificate in Personnel Practice and then her degree.

Jason, who is now the Customer Viewpoint Technician and Master Technician at Gates of Harlow, began his motor trade career as an apprentice at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City in 1998.

Peter is now the Director of Frank G Gates Ltd, but initially he began his career as an apprentice way back in 1978. This goes to show that apprenticeships can take you anywhere!

Shelley White began her career as a Service Advisor at F G Gates in Harlow, before being promoted to her current role there as Workshop Controller. 
Sharon became TrustFord’s Human Resources Director in 2013, after joining as an HR Manager in 2005. She oversees the HR support and strategy for the business, including Learning and Development, Health and Safety, Internal Communications, Pay and Benefits.
She says the best part of her job is that she knows she makes a difference and really enjoys seeing colleagues grow and succeed, advising that “being determined and doing your very best in what you do is key. Working hard gets recognised.”

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