Meet our Apprentices

Jakub Mikolajewski

Multi-Skill Apprentice, aged 20

Joined September 2018

How did you choose your apprenticeship?

I chose the multi-skill apprenticeship because I came across the advert on the internet and I was already interested in and doing some work on cars. I thought this would be an opportunity for me to get what I wanted out a career.

What does a typical day in work look like?

A typical day in work consists of arriving in the morning on time, finding out what jobs need doing/what jobs need to go out that day and to do our best to get the work out. I will work with the painters, panel and MET technicians. Depending on who I work with, will determine the kind of work I'm doing that day.

Tell us about your team, who you work closely with.

The team I work with is very friendly and easy to get on with. I work closely with Mark, Jeffrey, Lee and Russell who are all my mentors depending on what side of the workshop I'm working within.

What's the most valuable skill you've learnt in work?

The most valuable skill I have gained in work is how to repair and paint cars to the best standard and working within a team.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I'm most proud that I can now complete jobs from start to finish, strip jobs and repair damage, as well as paint jobs all on my own without assistance from my mentor.

What advice would you give to aspiring apprentices?

The only advice I would give to new apprentices is to enjoy what they do, to get stuck in and work hard to achieve the things they want in life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

In 10 years' time, I see myself being a Senior Paint or Panel Technician. From there, I want to work up the ladder or start up on my own

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