Meet Inigo, Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprentice at Morgan Motor Company
We're gearing up for the September 2022 starts of our Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance apprenticeship at GC. This month we caught up with Inigo Turner, a second year Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician apprentice at GC who has always wanted to become a car mechanic. We find out how his apprenticeship at GC has supported his ambition.
Discovering passion for cars.
"I have always wanted to be a mechanic and was inspired by the amazing Morgan Motor cars I saw in Malvern every time I visited my grandparents. I have always enjoyed practical hands-on learning more than the academic side of things."
Becoming an apprentice
"Going to college seemed like a good idea and I chose the apprenticeship because it offered a combination of classroom learning and learning on-the-job.
"I found my first employer by approaching the garage in my village and asking them for a job. They agreed to take me on. My mate Nick and I were their first apprentices.
"Where I used to work was quite a small garage, so I had to dive in and be hands-on straight away. I did car diagnostics, replace clutches and do other repairs."
Being at College
"As much as I enjoy working on cars, I enjoy the College side of things too. We are constantly learning new things, which I can then take back to my employer.
"The College also provides variety and a much-needed break, as day-to-day work can be sometimes stressful. My friends are at GC too, so it has all been good.
"My trainers have been very knowledgeable and supportive. I am dyslexic, and I found out that one of my trainers is dyslexic too. He has been very understanding and ensures I don’t get held back by it."
Dreams and ambitions
"I am in the second year of my apprenticeship and have one more year to go before I qualify; my ambition, in addition to becoming a fully qualified mechanic, is to work for my dream employer – Morgan Motors Company. I can say that I am very close to achieving my dream, as I am moving on to become an apprentice with them.
"Cars are my passion and they play a big part in my life even outside my apprenticeship. I have just built my own garage and I am about to embark on a very special project – putting back together a Subaru Imprezza. Once done, it will be my car to drive."
Benefits of apprenticeships
"I definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship in this industry. It is the quickest way to learn, and employers are always looking for qualifications as well as for experience. With an apprenticeship, you get both at the same time."
About the Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician apprenticeship at GC
This 3-year course teaches apprentices about all the systems found within vehicles. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts, through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.
The apprenticeship standard trains the future of a rapidly evolving automotive industry, as it equips apprentices with a good grasp of theoretical and practical knowledge, develops their problem-solving, communications and customer experience skills. View the apprenticeship factsheet here.
If your business is interested in training a motor vehicle apprentice, find out more here, or contact the Employer Training & Apprenticeships team on 01452 563400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org