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Our Home-Grown Mechanics

09 November 2007

9 November 2007

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has appointed three apprentice mechanics who will be trained on how to maintain all ambulance vehicles and equipment.

The three trainees Amanda Firth, Matthew Flanagan and Christopher Turner who are based in Hull, Huddersfield and Leeds respectively are three weeks into their three year course to achieve an NVQ Level 4 in Vehicle Maintenance.YAS's Three new apprentice mechanics

YAS's trainee mechanics will start a day-release college course at the beginning of December at Hargreaves Training in Leeds.

The course provides in-depth training on all elements of ambulance vehicle maintenance including skills that are specific to equipment on emergency vehicles such as stretchers, tail lifts, ambulance heaters and air conditioning units.

Mick Farmer, Assistant Director said: "YAS has an increasingly aged workforce in some areas and we are keen to address the issue of staff retiring and being replaced before it arises.  The YAS trainee mechanics scheme provides us with home-grown mechanics who are expert all rounders in ambulance vehicle maintenance ensuring YAS's vehicles are maintained to a high standard."

19-year-old Amanda from Goxhill said: "Being an apprentice mechanic for YAS is really interesting.  I have learnt a lot already about services and MOTs.  Working on different vehicles is great, rather than just cars.  I've been working in a garage since I was 16 and I've always wanted to do my apprenticeship."

16-year-old Matthew from Outlane said: "I feel very lucky to be able to do my apprenticeship at YAS as it is such a worthwhile organisation that offers lots of opportunities.  I've ridden motorbikes since I was eight and have always liked fixing them.  Although I'm only three weeks into my apprenticeship I've already got my hands dirty and got really involved and learned a lot about servicing vehicles."

18-year-old Christopher from Ryhill said: "I was attracted to do my apprenticeship at YAS because there is someone who can spend more time with you and I thought I'd learn a lot more.  I've always wanted to be a mechanic and do my apprenticeship.  I've already learnt a lot and look forward to learning lots more."

A fourth trainee mechanic will be appointed in the South Yorkshire area by the middle of November, in time to start the college course with the existing three trainees.

YAS will be recruiting additional trainee mechanics next year.

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