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Students get in the driving seat of their careers at Sutton Park Group

Luke Taylor-Clarke and Endijs Riekstins

Two former Motor Vehicle students from Burton and South Derbyshire College (@BSDCofficial) have gained their dream jobs at Sutton Park Renault & Dacia (@SuttonParkGroup) just weeks after completing their course.

Luke Taylor-Clarke and Endijs Riekstins have both been offered roles as Vehicle Technicians at Sutton Park Group’s Renault & Dacia dealership in Burton on Trent after achieving their Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualifications.

While studying at BSDC’s Automotive Academy, students have access to the latest industry facilities, providing a realistic and practical environment in which to train and work, mirroring the facilities and working practices of a real work setting. The College works alongside local employers to assist in sourcing work experience and industry placements which enhance skills and personal development, learning and employability. 

Former student turned Vehicle Technician, Luke Taylor-Clarke said:

“I feel privileged to have got a job at a top level dealership; my family were really proud and pleased when I told them the news. I am really enjoying the job – it’s something different every day and it’s very hands-on. I’ve grown up around cars and I like taking things apart and putting them back together so this is my ideal job. I would encourage other people to study Motor Vehicle at BSDC; the tutors have great industry partnerships. If you have a passion for it, go for it!”

Fellow new addition to the team, Endijs Riekstins added:

“Working at Sutton Park Renault is brilliant; I enjoy everything about the job and I’m excited and ambitious for the future. The course I studied at college set me up well for this opportunity. I have the knowledge and experience to do the job and I’m eager to learn more.”

Mel Smith, Service Manager and line manager to Luke and Endijs commented:

“Luke and Endijs are fitting in really well – they’re very enthusiastic and they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty and get stuck in. They’re starting on the basics and then they’ll build up their knowledge and experience over time. They’re both extremely keen and have already been asking questions about further training in the future to expand their skills. I think it’s important that companies give young people a chance – everyone needs to start somewhere and the more experience they gain, the further they can progress their careers.”

Peter Brochocki, Curriculum Team Leader for Motor Vehicle and Fabrication & Welding added: 

“We’re delighted that Luke and Endijs have been selected for vehicle technician positions at Burton on Trent Renault & Dacia. This is what both the Automotive Academy and BSDC is all about: creating the next generation of professional, ambitious and employable learners.”

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