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Crawley College students offered employment at Motorline Group after week of work experience



Eight students from Crawley College have been offered employment by Motorline Group, one of the UK’s largest car dealers, after an impressive week of work experience placements.

The new employees are all current, full-time, Level 3 Motor Vehicle students who will be working part-time at the company gaining some valuable industry experience alongside their studies. Following the completion of their qualification, there is potential for the students to move into full-time, permanent positions at the company.

Prior to offering employment, Motorline gave all Level 3 Motor Vehicle students the opportunity to spend a week undertaking work experience at different sites across Crawley and Horsham. Throughout the placement process, the company were able to identify key qualities and strengths that students could bring to the company. As a result of this eight out of the nine students who did work experience at Motorline were offered a part-time job.

Faruque Imrul, one of the students offered a role says, “I was really hoping to be one of the students selected so I’m very happy with the outcome. The experience of being in a real life garage, thinking about the timing and planning of jobs whilst watching how they used certain techniques was really interesting. The opportunity as a whole has been great and I’m looking forward to the future”.

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Group HR Manager at Motorline, Andy Sinclair says “Motorline are pleased to be working in partnership with Crawley College to help students gain their qualifications and take their first steps within the Motor industry. Motorline’s first foray into offering work experience has resulted in a positive outcome for both the company and Crawley College”.

Whilst Group Aftersales Manager at Motorline, Patrick Leppard talks about the benefits the collaboration will have for both parties “We’re all really excited about this new avenue and the successes it will bring for all parties involved”.

For students such as Stacie Prevett, the opportunity opened her eyes to different career options, she says “I’d always wanted to work for an independent garage, but after enjoying this experience so much, I can really see the benefits of working at a large dealership”.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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