A SOUTH Tyneside car company is getting into gear with its apprenticeship programme –and also helping establish a new family tradition.
Vic Young Nissan, in Newcastle Road, South Shields, has just taken on new apprentice Kyle Brewis.
Kyle, 16, was chosen from more than 24 applicants to take up the apprenticeship role in the firm’s Northern Truck Bodies division.
The operation does conversions for various specialist vehicles, including those for full Motability approval.
The appointment sees Kyle follow in the footsteps of apprentice Adam Parker, now halfway through completing his training in the firm’s service workshop and also on day release at Milltec College in Sunderland.
The company is a keen advocate of training and development, and many of its senior managers have worked their way up through the organisation, from entry level to senior positions.
Working with Gateshead College, Vic Young has helped develop a bespoke national vocational qualification syllabus in welding and fabrication.
Kyle said: “The motor industry has always been in my blood from an early age as my dad also works at Vic Young, and it seemed like the natural step to put myself forward for the apprenticeship scheme.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot in the months and years ahead.”
Managing director Vic Young said: “It’s fantastic to have Kyle on board, and it is a real pleasure to set him on his way to follow in his father’s footsteps, who started his career with us as an apprentice over 20 years ago.
“It think it is essential that all business owners take responsibility in ensuring that they provide opportunities to fulfil a young person’s maximum ability.
“At Vic Young, we nurture our talent, giving young people the opportunity to be a part of our business and develop and grow with us.
“This, combined with training at college, means they will play an integral part in our future growth.”