Miles King-Head

With a successful work experience placement under their belts, young people can compete more confidently for jobs in an increasingly challenging market. “I now have lots of skills that I can add to my CV,” says West Berkshire Training Consortium learner Miles King Head, who is currently on a work placement with the Mazda garage in Newbury. “I have been helping with changing oils, changing filters, fitting brake pads and helping with the Vehicle Health Checks whilst shadowing the Workshop Foreman, Steve Reay. He encourages me to ask questions and I have learnt so much about the trade.”

Steve Reay is delighted with Miles’ progress. “He was shy at first, but he has really come out of his shell since he started here, and works really well with the rest of the team. It is great to give young people a chance to see what working in a busy garage environment is like, so that they can make important decisions about their future. We have really enjoyed working with Miles – he lights up the place!”

“As part of their course, we like to help all of our Employability Learners get a relevant placement,” says WBTC’s Jenny Liddell. “We have seen them really blossom at work, developing more confidence in their abilities and becoming valuable team players. Many thanks, Mazda, for your support!”

If you are interested in offering work experience to one of the learners at West Berkshire Training Consortium, please do give us a call on 01635 35975