Throughout 2017, we were working with local schools and colleges raising awareness of our new apprenticeship programme, Search for a Star. The programme is aimed at young individuals who are looking to kick start their career within the motor industry.
In September we welcomed 16 new apprentices to our sites across South Yorkshire - 31% of the apprenticeships were offered to females throughout the business and technical side of the business.
We are now approaching the end of the year where the programme will start again for recruiting new apprentices for September 2018. At the start of the new year we visit schools and colleges across South Yorkshire, you are then invited to open evenings at our dealerships for the chance of questions and a sight into the working life at Burrows. Still interested? An employability skills training and selection day is held where we invite the best candidates to a one weeks placement anywhere within the business. Offers of employment are offered to the stars we believe will grow within Burrows Motor Company.
"I found out about the search for a star program at a school careers event and from the moment I heard about it I saw it’s potential to provide me with a better understanding and insight into the motor industry."
"After attending the first step of the process I knew it was for me and I gave it my all to be chosen for this fantastic opportunity, my hard work paid off and I am in my second month of my apprenticeship and I don’t regret my decision one bit."
"I look forward to seeing what challenges await me in the future on this journey, and I would without a second thought recommend anyone who is unsure about their future or considering alternative routes to college to give it a shot, the skills I have gathered from this position so far could not have been learned in a class room. College is not the only route for success the only thing that determines your ability to succeed is how hard you try to make it happen."
By George Crowcroft, our Digital Sales/ Product Genius apprentice, was a student of Holy Trinity until we offered him an apprenticeship at Burrows Toyota Barnsley.
"My new journey in Search for a Star began back in June after I confidentially approached Burrows Motor Company to enquire about technical apprenticeships. I was offered the program and was delighted to be able to join the scheme, I am now based at Burrows Doncaster and now I am employed as a vehicle apprentice technician and my Search for a Star is now fulfilled and my ambitions of being a qualified approved technician."
"I am gaining experience from my fellow colleagues, involving the process of the duty of care towards the vehicle and our customers, I am learning every day step by step approach to becoming a technician. I feel since being accepted for Search for a Star my confidence is growing and my own ability will develop more and more in being part of an exciting program."
"Without Burrows Motor Company and the Search for a Star scheme I couldn’t have fulfilled my ambition and for this opportunity I am truly grateful and will give it my all."
By Lydia Harrison, our Vehicle Technician apprentice, was a student at Dearne Valley College until we offered her an apprenticeship at Burrows Doncaster.
"After attending the open evening I was enthusiastic to get involved with the company and pursue an apprenticeship with Burrows Motor Company due to the way the open evening was presented and explained many different career routes that can be pursued by being an apprentice and how this can lead to a future in the motor trade which is something that immediately struck my interest. During my time at is so far I have learnt several different aspects not just about parts but about other aspects of the business and several different roles within the Burrows community as a whole with a lot of different aspects and careers to learn about and pursue."
"The Search for a Star programme helped me get my desired role as it prepared me for real life interview situations which can be used within any job and in the world of work this will come in useful and with the preparation and structure that was used during the Search for a Star programme it made me aware of the specific area that I wanted to pursue and how to get there by keeping me updated and making sure that I was prepared for my work and employment with great employability training which I would recommend to anyone."
By Alex Bird, our Parts apprentice, was a student at Horizon Community College until we offered her an apprenticeship at Burrows Kia Barnsley.