A team of apprentices are on the right road to a successful career after their college teamed up with a neighbouring car dealership.
Hartlepool College of Further Education has linked up with Drive Vauxhall in nearby Burn Road to give Level 3 Automotive Diploma students the opportunity to learn more about the daily operations and working procedures of the industry they are training to enter.
Drive Vauxhall general manager Joe Palmer says students are now gaining experience working in those areas of the dealership best tailored to their skills, such as the parts, servicing, valeting and the bodyshop.
He added said: “I was delighted that Drive Vauxhall agreed to help our learners through their programmes of study and to reconnect once again with the Vauxhall brand.
“Here at Drive Vauxhall, we consider connections with the local community to be essential.
“We already have partnerships with Hartlepool United and the youth football programme within the area, so I was only too happy to help Tony find work experience for his students”.
Hartlepool College is the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the Tees Valley area, the second biggest in the whole of the North East and the seventh best performing provider in the entire country with a pass rate way above the national average.
It has more than 2,000 employer partners to its name, with hundreds of students helped into work on completion of their courses.
• Pictured (above): Hartlepool College automotive lecturer Mark Barker, L3 diploma students Robert Deans and Matthew Walls, Drive Vauxhall general manager Joe Palmer, student John Kenny and automotive lecturer Tony Jowett.