Young people in the North of England living life in the fast lane thanks to T Levels.
Young people in the North of England are being given the opportunity to work on top of the range vehicles including Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover thanks to T Level qualifications.
Leading automotive retailer Pendragon, which owns Evans Halshaw, Stratstone and CarStore dealerships and represents 21 different vehicle manufacturers in the sector, has recently taken on 10 T Level students on Industry Placements. Most of the students are in their first year of an Engineering T Level, specialising in light vehicle maintenance and repair, although one is studying business administration.
Pendragon, which employs over 5,000 people across the UK, has long been committed to technical education routes for young people, such as Apprenticeships. They employ almost 80 apprentices in a variety of roles.
Chief People Officer Lizzie Downes, said apprenticeships and qualifications like T-levels enable Pendragon to grow its own talent and address the prevailing skills shortages, it also gives young people the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in the industry.
“Offering Industry Placements is a great way for us to give exposure to our organisation to young talent, early on in their careers – and like apprenticeships, grow our own and feed our skilled talent pipeline.
It’s important to us to provide opportunities for young people and we have expanded our HR function to encourage talent development.
Lizzie went on to say, “The feedback from the dealerships has been very positive. The young students are really enthusiastic and willing to learn. It’s early days for them, so we are making sure they all receive health and safety training in order to be fully comfortable with the environment they are in.
They are observing at the moment, but they will be given the opportunity to get stuck in and work on vehicles under supervision giving them great practical experience.”
Pendragon is in regular contact with The Manchester College, where the students are studying, to ascertain what they are studying in a particular week so they can make sure what they are learning in the workplace is relevant.
Pendragon has also offered the students the opportunity for paid work during the holidays to broaden their horizons!
Lizzie added that the company hopes once the students have finished their qualification, they will stay with Pendragon.
“That’s the great thing about T Levels, they give young people the chance to experience the world of work, she said. For the students, it’s a toe in the water so they find out if the job is what they thought it was and decide if they want to work in this sector.
I can’t see any reason why employers wouldn’t consider hosting T Level students, given the multitude of benefits to them and the young people.”