Teesside-based North Eastern 4×4 has teamed up with youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, to give a local unemployed teenager the chance to gain experience in his dream role.
The 4×4 specialists, from Stockton, has welcomed James Stubbs to its team of fully-trained technicians.
The 18-year-old’s two-week placement is part of the Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills (ETC) that he is completing with The Prince’s Trust, delivered by Stockton Riverside College.
The certificate aims to enhance individuals’ confidence, motivation and employability and includes a work placement, community project and a team challenge.
James, pictured (above) with co-owner Chris Ferguson, has been assisting the technicians at North Eastern 4×4 with their day-to-day repair and service work, including oil changes and general vehicle maintenance and checks, as part of his work placement.
The teenager is keen to gain a job in the automotive industry and this placement has provided invaluable experience to help him gain his first role.
James said: “It’s a great opportunity and I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve done to work towards the qualification so far.
“I’ve gained a lot from my time at North Eastern 4×4 and it’s definitely the kick-start that I need to become a mechanic.”
Chris Ferguson added: “It has been great having James as part of the team at North Eastern 4×4.
“He is extremely hard working and got stuck in from day one, picking things up really quickly and always eager to learn.
“I think it’s really important to help youngsters who want to enter the industry gain invaluable experience, especially when they find themselves in challenging situations. This may be the start of a long partnership with The Prince’s Trust.”
Martin Copley, Team Leader of the Middlesbrough Prince’s Trust Team, said: “A lot of time and effort is put into matching students with their placements to ensure the best outcomes for everyone involved.”
Based on Ross Road, Portrack Lane, North Eastern 4×4, specialises in servicing, parts and diagnostics for all Land Rover models.
The Prince’s Trust, which was established in 1976, provides practical and financial support to young people who are unemployed or are struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
The trust assists with developing key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.