Motor trade honour for apprentice James

James Pallister with his award for performance and excellent customer service. (s)
James Pallister with his award for performance and excellent customer service. (s)

A Clitheroe student has been recognised by some of the regions top motor vehicle technicians for performance and excellent customer service.

James Pallister (16), who is studying Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Blackburn College, was one of a handful of motor vehicle students presented with an award at the presentation ceremony held at the College’s Regional Automotive Technology Hub. The ceremony was also attended by industry experts from car dealerships across the region, including Simpsons Skoda and Nissan.

The state-of-the-art £5.5m centre, which opened in August 2014, was developed collaboratively with input from leading car manufacturers including Chorley Nissan, Blackburn Audi, Bowker BMW, Simpsons Skoda and the Institute of Motor Industries.

James said: “I’m really pleased to have been presented with the award. I’m really enjoying studying at Blackburn College and am proud that my hard work has been recognised.

“I’ve just completed my scholarship with BMW which was a really good experience. I got to work with their master technicians who showed me how to use the specialist equipment.”

The RATH centre uses the latest equipment and technology to help deliver the skills the motor industry needs.

The centre is one of the largest providers of motor vehicle training in the region, and is home to a workshop which simulates real life MOT conditions. The College would like to hear from any dealerships interested in taking apprentices. For more information, call Blackburn College on 01254 292929.