Giving young people a step into the automotive industry has earned Premier Mitsubishi in Rochdale an award.
Premier Mitsubishi, located on Water Street, was awarded a certificate for being a top work experience provider through 2015 and this year by Our Futures, a provider of school and business links in Greater Manchester.
Since the Rochdale branch of Premier Mitsubishi, which also has a branch in Hyde, opened around three years ago, dozens of young people about to finish their secondary school education have been given two-week placements, mainly in the workshop.
Since then, two of the students have gone on to gain full-time employment at the dealership, both as mechanics. William Hickman, 17, is undertaking an apprenticeship, while Nayem Syed, 21, is now a full-time mechanic, having worked at the dealership on weekends and gaining his qualifications at college.
Nayem said: “Getting work experience here at Premier helped me decide that this was the career I really wanted, and to be working here now is fantastic. I love working with the team and developing my skills.”
Ben Bird, dealer principal, said: “We are delighted to be able to give young people in the area the opportunity to work alongside us and see if the automotive industry is for them. It’s lovely to be recognised in this way, and we look forward to welcoming more youngsters from our community in the future.”