The owner of a Cambridgeshire independent garage is welcoming college students into his workshop for a chance to gain practical skills and experience.
Owner, Doug McClure said: “I began taking on students because I remembered what it was like to move from school into the working world.
“Young people need practical skills and experience to help them cope with the transition from college to working life.”
Students complete a minimum of 30 hours work at the garage, which will go towards their qualification, and assist with everything, from services to repairs and MOTs.
“I hope I am able to help them to achieve this and give them skills that they can use in the future”, Mr McClure added.
One student, Troy Sauntson, said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Whizzy Wheels, and I have learnt a lot from Doug and the team.
“It [the garage work experience] has given me the confidence to go on and study for a motor vehicle qualification.”
“Hard work to get employers”
Guy Bridge, work placement and careers co-ordinator, said: “Doug has been absolutely fantastic is accommodating our students.
“Sometimes, it’s hard work to get employers to see what Doug sees, which is mutually-beneficial relationship apprentices and employers have.
“We can’t thank him enough for the support.”
Whizzy Wheels, located near Wisbech, was opened by Mr McClure in 1996 and is now run by him and his three children, Mathew, James and Jack.
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