A FORMER motor vehicle repair student at Ayrshire College has landed her dream job with Ayr Audi as an apprentice technician.
21 year-old Gillian Anderson from Troon showed tremendous drive during her time at the college and now has a three-year apprenticeship to show for her efforts.
As soon as she heard about the apprenticeship opportunity, she took the initiative to phone the manager of Ayr Audi, who invited her in for a trial. That trial was only supposed to last three days but Gillian impressed so much that she was asked to stay for the rest of the week. She was offered the job straight after.
Gillian’s lecturer at Ayrshire College, John Hunter, is not surprised she made an instant impression with Ayr Audi.
John said: “Gillian always worked really hard and I’m pleased she’s now working in such a high calibre garage. She started on our Access to Motor Vehicle course, which is an excellent starting point for people who are interested in working in the industry. Gillian’s a great example of how Ayrshire College can help young people progress with their careers.”
Gillian always wanted to become a motor vehicle technician, and is delighted she has realised that ambition with Ayr Audi.
She said “I’ve always been interested in cars; I basically grew up in a garage! I’d say college was the first time I’d ever done things properly on real cars, though. The lecturers would always tell us what it was like being in the motor trade and they would always keep us on top of what we had to do.
“Basically, I knew one of the valeters at Ayr Audi and he told me a position was opening up. So I phoned the manager and sent over my CV. When I was at the trial, I really had to show that I was keen. I proved that I was willing to clean, and willing to help the technicians.
“It’s really hard work sometimes but I’ve got a good bunch of people around me. I’m working with two technicians from the nine that we have here at Ayr Audi and I do whatever job they’re working on. And there’s another apprentice here too.”
As part of her apprenticeship, Gillian occasionally travels to Audi’s National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes for training.
She said: “A vocational learning assessor comes up from Milton Keynes to see what I’m doing, and he’ll tell me what he needs to see from me over the next three months. I’ll also go down for training in Milton Keynes for a week at a time, four to six times a year. I’ve been once so far and it’s great down there, I really enjoy it.”
Gillian is only in the first year of her apprenticeship but is already planning for the future.
She said: “As soon as I get my service technician qualification, I plan to go straight up to a masters technician and become the highest technician you can be. And I’d love to stay at Ayr Audi – it’s a fantastic place to work.”
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