Motor Vehicle Round-Up
September 2016 saw the new starters enrolled on the IMI Level 1 programme, where they were challenged to complete the Level 1 Diploma and Level 1 Electric Vehicle Awareness course.
Students were also encouraged to better their English and Maths qualifications from school. It was explained to students by the Motor Vehicle workshop staff that improved English and Maths would assist their chances of gaining an apprenticeship or employment.
First progression of the year (October 2016) went to Lewis Fiddes who gained an apprenticeship with Lexus Newcastle. Lewis was initially a shy student but said the knowledge gained had given him the confidence required to gain the apprenticeship.
Ewan Scott also gained an apprenticeship (April 2017) with a specialist exhaust fabrication company (The Exhaust Doctor) who make custom aftermarket stainless steel exhausts. Ewan had been in placement full time but still completed his IMI Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle and Level 1 Electric Vehicle Awareness course. If you see or hear a car that looks and sounds good, then chances are that Ewan has worked on that vehicle to produce a one-off exhaust.
Liam Benson also gained an apprenticeship (June 2017). His destination was BMW training with qualified mechanics and following the high standards which a prestige dealership like BMW set. Liam gained his full IMI Level 1 Diploma and also his Level 1 Electric Vehicle Awareness qualification.
Lewis Magee also gained an apprenticeship (June 2017). Lewis gained his full IMI Level 1 Diploma and also his Level 1 Electric Vehicle Awareness qualification during his time at Trinity. Lewis completed 3 different placements before finally finding a garage which could offer him progression. BC Auto Engineers took Lewis on trial and after a short period Lewis gained his apprenticeship.
Many other students have successfully gained experience of the motor trade by completing work placements in garages across Newcastle: Kevin Todd, Dylan Davidson, Brandon Rose, Callum Eaton, Joe Million, Kameron Gibson, Anthony Fiddes and Jordan Soulsby to name but a few. All the students who go into placement gain valuable experience and an initial knowledge of what is expected within the motor trade.
The success is down to their hard work, resilient attitude and the correct motivation of each individual student. Staff will show the students how to complete tasks in the right way using accurate techniques and following workshop procedures but it is their hard work that brings success.
'Since starting Trinity Solutions, my motor vehicle skills have improved hugely, mainly due to my increased motor vehicle knowledge. While completing my IMI Award, Certificate and then Diploma, I learnt in depth about various topics including petrol and diesel engines, steering and suspension systems, routine vehicle maintenance, brakes, wheels and tyres.
I feel I can work well both on my own and as part of group, and am not afraid to take the lead on any task asked of me. I get on with most tasks without asking for assistance.
My communication skills are good and I feel I can talk easily both to other students and tutors/work colleagues alike. This is partly due to increased confidence again down to increased motor vehicle knowledge.'