Young apprentice helps keep heavy vehicles on track

INTEREST: Pictured earlier in the year JP Macauley (centre) from Crumlin, a Level 2 second year Heavy Vehicle Apprentice with Grant Commercials, with Course Coordinator, Ian McClure (left) and John Nixon, (right) Head of School, SERC.

THE next time you see a heavy vehicle on the road, think about the experts – and those in the making – that keep them moving, including apprentices from SERC.

JP Macauley, 20, from Crumlin, a second year Level 2 Heavy Vehicle Apprentice based in Brian Grant Commercials in Belfast, said: “When the country went into lockdown, we were all sent home. I had course work to finish off, so I was kept busy enough but am glad to be back at my work now. We have all had to adapt to changes in the workplace. Some of the team are in different days but since we work in different sheds, maintaining social distance is not such a big problem.”

He added: “The best thing about the Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeship is that you could turn your hand to any vehicle, but a general mechanic would not usually be interested in working on a heavy vehicle.”

When asked about choosing the apprenticeship at SERC, he said: “I am earning and learning on the job and this is supported by everything we do at college.”

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