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Yale College level-two automotive students have successfully advanced their pathways to apprenticeship routes moving up a gear to become level-three day-release learners.

Apprentice employers have clearly been impressed with working standards by Yale College automotive apprentices as seven PTA students have already gained jobs locally. Amongst the aspiring automotive aces – brothers Jack and Tom Kamperman and their employers are full of praise for the scheme enabling them to share and experiment with new ideas in the industry as they gain valuable interactive practical experience and explore real life issues.

“Jack’s confidence in undertaking tasks on his own came through, Pathways to Apprenticeship has worked well for Jack and college is definitely the way forward,” says Dave Barlow of D&G Auto Services.

Jack Kamperman, 18, works for D & G Auto Services in Wrexham. Earlier in the year, Jack won the Bronze Award at All-Wales Motor Vehicle Skills final as well as being runner up in North & Mid Wales regional heats. Brother Tom 21; employed locally by Autotec who feel a shared approach to learning really works.

“I can’t fault Tom’s work ethic – 10 out of 10, the Pathways to Apprenticeship programme has helped us both; I have a hard working knowledgeable apprentice and Thomas has gained valuable work shop
experience,” says Employer Lee from Autotec.

Progression to level 3 for PTA students follows achievements of level 2 diploma in vehicle maintenance and repair; level 2 hybrid electric vehicle operations and maintenance; employers rights and responsibilities; introduction low carbon technologies; customer service needs; safe use of oxy-acetylene equipment; level 2 essential skills Wales.

For further information about learning opportunities or offering placement opportunities for learners in 2012-13, telephone Yale College on 01978 311794 or visit www.yale-wrexham.ac.uk

Progressing level three learners in photograph: left to right – Jack Kamperman; James Scott; Alex Chambers; Tom Roberts; Jake Edwards; Tom Kamperman and Jenna Peters.