Doncaster apprentices are motoring ahead in life

Apprentices from GTA receive their certificates.
Apprentices from GTA receive their certificates.

A group of motoring apprentices are revving up for a great career after completing their training courses.

A total of nine students received their certificates from Doncaster mayor Ros Jones at a recent presentation evening at the Doncaster, Rotherham and District Group Training Association (GTA) in Armthorpe.

Students were rewarded for completing courses covering all aspects of motor vehicle maintenance including, body repair, body paint, body build, auto electrics, business administration, parts and warehouse work.

They each gained Level 2 and 3 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

A spokesman for the company said: “Each apprenticeship programme contains a number of practical tasks and theory based online assessments.

“They have access to a vast amount of knowledge and experience available via their tutors to assist them achieve in their chosen career path. Successful apprentices have a bright and varied future ahead of them, they have proved that they can learn new skills and can achieve a high level of expertise.”

Apprentices aged 16 to 24 complete 23 months worth of training on the Level 2 programme, or a shorter 12 to 18-month Level 3 course.

Each one involves placement in the workplace for four days a week and one day at the training centre in Doncaster, or at their other base in Sheffield.

The spokesman added: “This helps each person on programme to earn whilst they learn and provides them with an opportunity to further their career by gaining full time employment and sets a high standard for their futures.”

The GTA has been providing apprenticeship courses in the motor industry since 1972. The firm also delivers training on behalf of major car companies, including Renault, Suzuki and Nissan. A number of garages also work with the company to help facilitate apprenticeship courses, including South Yorkshire Commercial Ltd and Doncaster Country Vehicles, both in Kirk Sandall.