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Apprenticeship drives career forward

November 21, 2012

Local motor sports company, Track Focused, has appointed two Apprentices from West Cheshire College to give young people wanting to break into the motor industry a head start.

Owner of the Ellesmere Port business, Sean Cooper, decided to appoint the Apprentices as he knew from personal experience how difficult it was to get experience in the industry.

He said: “When I finished my degree in automotive engineering, I found the industry was really hard to break into. When I did get work experience I really appreciated it and I am still very grateful to the people who gave me a chance. I wanted to give young people the opportunities of work experience that I had.”

Three months ago, Sean appointed Business Administration Apprentice Jack Rowley, 19, to work at the head office and Rian Rowlands, 16, as a Mechanic Apprentice, based at their warehouse/workshop.

Sean said: “The whole process of finding my Apprentices has been really easy and straightforward and the staff at West Cheshire College have been fantastic.

“The lads go in to College once a week to do theory work and an assessor also comes into the office to see what they have been working on, so they get a lot of help and support from the College.

“We have only been working with the College for a short time, but I have really enjoyed the partnership, so much so that I’m looking to take on more Apprentices next year as the business is rapidly growing.”

The company hires out motorsport cars to people wanting to race across the UK and Europe, they fix and maintain customers’ cars, plus they offer track experience days for individuals, groups of friends and corporate events at 10 well established race tracks in the UK.

Commenting on the Apprentices, Sean added: “Jack is based in our office and his tasks include office and administration duties, social media and marketing. He recently went along to an event that we organised at an airfield where our clients had the chance to drive a supercar at 200mph. Jack also got to have a go in a Lamborghini, which was a great experience for him and he really enjoyed it.”

“Rian’s day to day role is training to be a mechanic in our warehouse/workshop working on expensive race cars. The standard of the cars is very high so it is a great experience for him.”

Sean set up Track Focused four years ago after working in the automotive industry – during this time he worked for companies such as Volvo, a race company and also trained to be a race instructor.

For more information on employing an Apprentice, call the Apprenticeship hotline on 01244 656 499 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk


                  

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