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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The government has designated this week as National Apprenticeship Week and we are organising fun challenges for Skillnet apprentices across the UK. However, for us, every week is apprenticeship week!

Lisa has been our Senior Ford Business Development Manager for just over a year. We caught up with her to find out more about her role.

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To give you an idea of where an apprenticeship can take you, we talked to Liam Clifford, a Ford Skills Coach based at Skillnet who began his career as an apprentice himself...

I’ve always had a passion for vehicles and was fascinated about how they work, so there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a motor mechanic. I did consider going to university, but thought an apprenticeship would suit me better, as well as giving me the opportunity to earn as well as learn.

Ian has been working as a Commercial Vehicle Technician for more than 30 years and now works at the Hendy Transit Centre. He started a CV Technician apprenticeship with Hendy in 1986 and has not only gone on to have a great career, he has also won awards! In the third year of his apprenticeship he was Hendy Apprentice of the Year, then last year he became Hendy Technician of the Year, and this year he was crowned Ford CV Technician of the Year.