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Jennings Motor Group takes on 19th Apprentice in 2015


An ambitious youngster and rally enthusiast from Chester-le-Street, is fulfilling a life-long dream to become a motor vehicle technician after securing an Apprenticeship with Jennings Ford, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

16-year-old Connor Hook, is the 19th Apprentice to be appointed this year by the region’s longest established motor dealer, which over the past two years, has appointed a total of 31 youngsters through the successful Apprenticeship programme.

The next three years will see Connor working within the busy service department at the group’s Eslington Park dealership in Gateshead, in addition to taking part in on-going assessments and working towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications.

Connor said; “From a very young age, I have always been interested in cars and I can remember wanting to know exactly how everything worked underneath the bonnet.

“In addition to gaining valuable experience and knowledge, I am also working towards National Vocational Qualifications and earning a wage at the same time, which is the perfect option for me.”

Already, Connor, who is a keen rally enthusiast, has gained a wealth of mechanical experience, which will stand him in good stead for his future career at Jennings Ford.

When he wanted to compete in the BTRDA (British Trials and Rally Drivers Association) championships, he set himself a challenge to build his own race car and adapted a Ford Ka model.

Currently second in the championship league table, Connor’s time, dedication and hard work has certainly paid off.

Welcoming the 19th Apprentice on board across the group, Ian Stewart, service manager at Jennings Ford in Gateshead, said; “Connor has a natural flair for mechanics, he is a keen and quick learner and will be an excellent Ford approved motor vehicle technician at the end of his Apprenticeship.”

Jennings Ford’s service department in Gateshead has fully trained Ford technicians on hand to service and MOT customer’s vehicles using the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, in addition to an accident repair centre and parts department being on site.

For further information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call into the Eslington Park dealership, contact 0191 4607464, or visit