Meet our Apprentices

Catherine Short

Multi-Skilled Apprentice, aged 26

How did you choose your apprenticeship?

It was an easy choice; I have an interest in cars and how they work and I love being hands on and working practically.

What does a typical day in work look like?

A typical day in work never looks the same and it depends on what area of the bodyshop I work in. If I'm working in MET, I will ask the Mainly strip and refit including exterior and interior trim and assessing any extra damage. Carrying out mechanical work and wheel alignments. Sometimes I carry out repairs and prepare panels and repair work for painting.

Tell us about your team, who you work closely with.

I mainly work with Dave and Scott; I assist them with their tasks and they assist me with my own. I consider them both to be friends and I look forward to working with them day to day.

What's the most valuable skill you've learnt in work?

Patience and resilience.

What achievement are you most proud of?

As a woman, taking the leap into an apprenticeship area that is mainly male as it was quite daunting.

What advice would you give to aspiring apprentices?

Learn the theory of how and why things work, it makes fixing them easier!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

Still working within the automotive industry, be that still in the repair sector or elsewhere.

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