Women are making their mark in the world of mechanics at Argyll and Bute Council.
Ashleigh Conner from Campbeltown and Kelly Crawford from Lochgilphead, beat off stiff competition from a high number of applicants to get the two HGV mechanic positions that were available.
Ashleigh, aged 19, said: “I saw the position advertised in the local paper and on My Job Scotland and immediately knew it was what I wanted to do. I’ve always had an interest in cars and fixing things, and I knew that an office job wasn’t for me. I love the apprenticeship so far and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to follow my chosen career path.”
Kelly, aged 20, agreed: “I absolutely love my apprenticeship. I get on really well with everyone and just get mucked in. Being a mechanic is something that has always appealed to me and it hasn’t disappointed. I’m learning so much and really enjoying my training.”
Ashleigh and Kelly have just passed their trailer test and are preparing to start their four year college course in May. Both girls are also planning to sit their HGV driving test later this year.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Corporate Services, Councillor Rory Colville, said: “The Council’s apprenticeship scheme is a great way for young people to get their foot on the career ladder.
“Ashleigh and Kelly are an asset to Argyll and Bute Council and it is extremely encouraging to see young, independent women following their dreams to become mechanics. They are clearly driven and determined, and I wish them every success in their careers.”
If you would like to consider becoming a mechanic with the Council, we have a position available (location negotiable). For further information visit: www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/argyll-bute-council/jobs