David visits Bristol Street Motors in Stroud to find out more about its training and apprenticeships

David visits Bristol Street Motors in Stroud to find out more about its training and apprenticeships

January 28, 2018

David Drew, MP for Stroud, visited Bristol Street Motors Stroud Ford as part of a campaign by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) to provide politicians with greater understanding of the motor retail sector, including the challenges it faces and the contribution it makes to local economies.

During his visit to the London Road dealership, David spoke to the team working across all areas of the business, including sales and servicing, about their day-to-day roles, how the workplace has changed over recent years and how it might further develop in the future.

David met with Jim Higgins, Ford regional director for Bristol Street Motors’, to discuss how Vertu Motors plc, which owns Bristol Street Motors, is recruiting a workforce for the future by investing in talent through continued training opportunities across all areas and its industry-leading degree level apprenticeship scheme.

Jim Higgins, said: “David Drew MP was very keen to speak with our colleagues about their work and learn more and was particularly interested to hear how our degree-level apprentice scheme is supporting young people to gain an undergraduate degree alongside high quality work place experience, without the debt associated with attending university, together with our wider technical apprentice programmes.

“I hope the visit was useful for him and he takes away a positive message about how businesses like ours are innovating and investing in people in order to contribute to the country’s economy for many years to come.”

David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud, said: “I enjoyed an informative visit to Bristol Street Motors, and was particularly interested to find out more about the different apprentice schemes they offer. These kinds of innovative approaches to education and training are vital to our economy, as well as broadening opportunities for young people.”

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