How did you choose your apprenticeship?
Prior to this apprenticeship I was on an access course with another company, something I had no interest in at the time. My mum and dads car was getting repaired by The Vella Group and my dad noticed there were vacancies so I got in touch from there.
What does a typical day in work look like?
A typical day in work never looks the same and it depends on what area of the bodyshop I work in. If I'm working in MET, I will ask the technicians if they need help with anything. I will see if there are any tasks I can start on my own and try to get on with them. Similarly, when in paint and prep I will see if there are any higher skill level jobs that I can attempt or spend time prepping and helping out where it is needed.
Tell us about your team, who you work closely with.
I work closely with most technicians in the workshop, I usually work alongside Scott or Jav (aka Dave) as I get along with them both really well and they are always happy to help when I need it. This is the same with John and Lee when in the Paint shop, they give me opportunities to expand my learning by practicing new skills that I have not had the chance to do before. Finally, when in Panel I like to work closely with Daniel as he is very knowledgeable in the area and gives me plenty of help.
What's the most valuable skill you've learnt in work?
The most valuable skill I have learnt in work, other than my technical skills, is being able to work independently. I have learn 't a lot through my own experience working on jobs.
What achievement are you most proud of?
My proudest achievement since working at The Vella Group, aside from my paint work, would be working through the entire repair process on a vehicle by myself. It has took some time to learn the skills needed to do this but I'm pleased that I can now do a full job.
What advice would you give to aspiring apprentices?
If I was to give any advice, I would say to get stuck in and try to use your own initiative more often, you will get better and better the more you try. You can only learn from the mistakes you make!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
In 10 years' time I hope to see myself as a fully qualified accident repair technician and I hope to achieve more qualifications along the way e.g. in first aid.