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Wessex helps trainee mechanic gear up for success

Our Hadfield Road dealership in Cardiff has recently (October, 2014) taken on a full-time apprentice after he successfully proved his worth on a traineeship placement at the outlet organised by ACT Training.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Hutchings from Fairwater will now start his apprenticeship with us.

Steve Grinter, Service Manager at the dealership, said: “Liam has been really keen to learn and is full of potential. The traineeship scheme run by ACT really works for a business like ours, allowing young people a chance to experience life at a garage before they commit to an ongoing apprenticeship scheme.

“It’s almost a ‘try before you buy’ scenario and one which has proved to be very successful for both us, and the learners. We are delighted to be taking Liam on as a full-time apprentice and we will be working with ACT again the future.”

Liam Hutchings at Wessex Garages.

ACT was established in 1988 and has since become Wales’ leading training provider. Its vision is to make a positive difference to people’s lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities. ACT delivers fully funded work-based qualifications for learners aged 14 upwards on a range of subjects and career areas.

Traineeships were introduced in 2013 as a pre-cursor to the more traditional and established apprenticeship scheme.

The Level 1 Traineeship programme is a stepping stone towards an apprenticeship. The programme enables learners, aged 16 to 18, to gain a Level 1 qualification in a chosen route by providing work placements in key businesses across Wales.

Liam explained: “The ACT traineeship programme was recommended to me by a friend so I went for it. I had previously done work experience in a garage but the traineeship developed things much further and gave things a structure.

“Completing my traineeship helped me to realise that mechanics was definitely what I wanted to do and I was fortunate to then have had the opportunity to go onto the apprenticeship programme as a result. I would advise anyone to do a traineeship with ACT, without it I would not be where I am today.”

For more information, please call our outlet on Hadfield Road in Cardiff on 02921 677 650.

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