Work Experience to Part-Time Work

21 November 2017
Eight students from Crawley College have been offered employment by Motorline Group, one of the UK’s largest car dealers, after an impressive week of work experience placements.

The new employees are all current, full-time, Level 3 Motor Vehicle students who will be working part-time at the company gaining some valuable industry experience alongside their studies. Following the completion of their qualification, there is potential for the students to move into full-time, permanent positions at the company.

Prior to offering employment, Motorline gave all Level 3 Motor Vehicle students the opportunity to spend a week undertaking work experience at different sites across Crawley and Horsham. Throughout the placement process, the company were able to identify key qualities and strengths that students could bring to the company. As a result of this eight out of the nine students who did work experience at Motorline were offered a part-time job.

Faruque Imrul, one of the students offered a role says, “I was really hoping to be one of the students selected so I’m very happy with the outcome. The experience of being in a real life garage, thinking about the timing and planning of jobs whilst watching how they used certain techniques was really interesting. The opportunity as a whole has been great and I’m looking forward to the future”.

Group HR Manager at Motorline, Andy Sinclair says “Motorline are pleased to be working in partnership with Crawley College to help students gain their qualifications and take their first steps within the Motor industry. Motorline’s first foray into offering work experience has resulted in a positive outcome for both the company and Crawley College”.

Whilst Group Aftersales Manager at Motorline, Patrick Leppard talks about the benefits the collaboration will have for both parties “We’re all really excited about this new avenue and the successes it will bring for all parties involved”.

For students such as Stacie Prevett, the opportunity opened her eyes to different career options, she says “I’d always wanted to work for an independent garage, but after enjoying this experience so much, I can really see the benefits of working at a large dealership”.

Level 3 Motor Vehicle tutor Matt Ladean says “It is fantastic that the calibre of our Motor Vehicle students is recognised within the industry. When Motorline approached us for this exciting opportunity, the students jumped at the chance and found their work placements very insightful with positive feedback from Motorline and the students also”.

Branding the college’s current students as tomorrow’s workforce, Work Readiness and Careers Co-Ordinator Martine Corbett talks about the importance of partnerships with local businesses “Work experience is not about ticking a box, it’s important to us that we ensure our students are equipped with the skills they need for employment. When we work in partnership with businesses in the local area, they have the chance to identify strong candidates for future opportunities. Working with Motorline has been a very encouraging experience for our students and the college as a whole”.

Both Crawley College and Motorline look forward to continuing their partnership next year.

For more information regarding Motorline and their services please visit www.motorline.co.uk. To find out about Motor Vehicle or any of the other courses offered at Crawley College, visit https://www.crawley.ac.uk. If you want to offer work experience placements or work in collaboration with the college, contact the Crawley College Work Ready Zone at workexperience@crawley.ac.uk to find out how they can help you.