Motor Vehicle Star Apprentice – Steven Durose

Oswestry, United Kingdom, March 11, 2015 --( It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week and to celebrate the achievements of their Apprentices, Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) has chosen a Star Apprentice for each curriculum area the College has apprentices working in.

Steven Durose is completing a Level 3 Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship at a car dealership in Oswestry; he has enjoyed doing his apprenticeship saying, "I have enjoyed coming into the College, learning about vehicles and how they work, particularly the mechanical aspects."

Steven talked about what he has learnt during his Apprenticeship. "Since starting my apprenticeship I have learnt new skills such as; stripping down and rebuilding engines, ICT and electrical system diagnosis. From the start of my Apprenticeship, I have carried out a lot of repair work at the garage; I have gained more responsibility for some jobs, now I can get on with them on my own and just ask if I need help."

Steven talked about the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship, commenting, "I find an apprenticeship is a lot better than spending two years in College, with an Apprenticeship, you spend time working and learning in a garage and learning at the College, experiencing both and getting paid. You get the opportunity to learn hands on in the workshop and do all the theory in College."

"Doing an apprenticeship has encouraged me to consider continuing my Apprenticeship to Level 4, I have the support of my employer and I have always received plenty of help to get me through the qualifications. All of my tutors and assessors have been very good in how they have worked with me, it is a friendly environment which I enjoy."

Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships are available at both Level 2, 3 and a Level 4 qualification will be starting soon. Small businesses can access a £1500 grant via the College for taking on an apprentice for the duration of their study.

If you are an employer who could offer an apprentice a job, or if you would like to apply for an apprenticeship, you can find out more by contacting Lucy Bowen, Work-based Learning Co-ordinator on 01691 688038 or email
Walford & North Shropshire College
Lucy Evans
01691 688039