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

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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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Cllr Brian Quinn and Crawley Mayor champion Broadfield Barton

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It is a welcome sight seeing stores opening across the town again, and none more so than in Broadfield Barton where the towns Mayor and Cllr Guidera met up with Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn to champion the area.

Speaking about the visit Mayor Guidera said:

“I was delighted to be hosted today by almost certainly the most well-known councillor in Crawley, Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn, for a tour of the local small businesses and charity shops at Broadfield Barton. Brian knew everybody (as I expected!) and it was a really enjoyable afternoon spent meeting the people who run the community shops that serve the residents of Broadfield so well.

One older resident stopped us and spoke about how one of the shops had been so helpful during the lockdown, going to great lengths to be able to provide fresh produce that, as we know was running out everywhere back then, so the community had what it needed over the past few, very difficult months. The friendly staff of the Santa Maria cafe, rightly proud of their fabulous Madeiran cooking, were so welcoming and having eaten there many times before I can say if you haven’t been there yet you are missing out!

They have plenty of outdoor seating too! The last place we visited was the newsagents, which is actually a fully stocked convenience store! Again, so welcoming with a great selection, even an American sweets and drinks area! Of course it’s important to mention both the relate charity shop and St Vincent’s do both raise money to serve the local community in their different capacities comma please remember them when you are done eating stuff if you live nearer to them they are very grateful for any support you offer in terms of bric-a-brac donations and clothing.

So, thank you Cllr Quinn, and thank you to all of the people who were so friendly and welcoming today, including the many residents who stopped us for photographs!”

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