Cramlington’s David Spoors has moved up a gear in his career after landing a job as a maintenance technician at a car parts factory.
The 23-year-old was previously an apprentice at Faltec Europe in Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside, but he has now been taken on full-time.
During his apprenticeship, he completed a BTec level-two course in performing engineering operations and a level-three course in general engineering at Durham College, plus a higher national certificate at Gateshead College, making him a fully-qualified maintenance technician.
He is one of more than 500 staff employed by Faltec Europe, a supplier of parts to motor firms such as Nissan, Land Rover, Toyota and Honda.
David said: “Growing up, I always had a fascination with cars.
“My dad is a maintenance supervisor at Faltec and, from an early age, I helped him fix spare parts on cars that he owned over the years.
“Although I thought about a career in sales, I decided against it as I wanted to take the knowledge and experience my dad had given me into the manufacturing sector.
“Having looked at a range of apprenticeship opportunities, I chose to train with Faltec as the company and the automotive sector is fast-paced and challenging.
“I am fortunate in that I have been really supported by the team I work in. They have mentored me from day one, and the company has really invested in me. I have recently completed a hydraulics course, so I am building my knowledge all the time.”
“The job itself is challenging and, at times, can be very demanding.
“As a fully-qualified maintenance technician, I work a number of shifts, and if there is an issue on site, it needs to be fixed immediately.
“The automotive sector is time-sensitive, and a delay could hold up a customer order.
“I am a firm believer that to progress, you need to be dedicated and have a constant desire to learn.
“My short-term goal is to become a team leader.
“I would recommend an apprenticeship to other young people. The career prospects it offers are second to none.”