What does a typical day in work look like?
Depending on which area of the workshop I'm working in, a typical day will consist of bringing a car in to strip it for assessment, doing repairs on some cars, replacing mechanical components on some, or pepping cars ready to get painted or primed.
Tell us about your team, who you work closely with.
In the team, I work with there isn't one particular person I work closely with. There are two panel technicians, Joel and Kev. Joel is very good at giving help and advice when you need it, he is also always happy. Kev pretends to hate his job, but really, he loves it, he is very good at encouraging you to work things out for yourself and to be more independent. The mechanic, Dan, is very knowledgeable and is always willing to teach you anything about mechanical work. We have three painters, Mark, Kev and Tom, they all have different ways of doing things, by being shown how to do things in different ways, this lets you choose the best way that works for you. We have a detailer, who is also called Dan, he's always willing to give you a hand with anything and will let you have a go if he thinks you're capable of doing a job. The manager, Emilio, is a very good manager, both keeping the work shop organised, giving you jobs that will help you progress with the apprenticeship and staying calm when mistakes are made.
What's the most valuable skill you've learnt in work?
I don't think there is one skill that is most valuable, I think all the skills and knowledge I've learnt are very useful and will probably benefit me for the foreseeable future.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I'd say the achievement I'm most proud of is probably the first car which I did start to finish, pretty much on my own, after being here for about 8 months. It was a red Volkswagen UP, it had a new bumper and wing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
In 10 years' time, I would have liked to have moved to Denmark and either progressed to be in a more office-based job like workshop manager or VDA or started my own cheesecake cafe there.