Hammond Motor Group Welcomes Trainee Apprentices
Around 15 students aged 16 and above from Bungay High School visited Hammond Motor Group at our Nissan site. Our company employs 245 people, mostly in Halesworth. We offer a range of services related to the motor industry including repairs, recovery, Ford, Nissan, Isuzu and Subaru franchises, car rental and tyre care.
During the visit, the students learnt about the history of our company, the types of jobs we offer and also had a chance to speak to former Bungay High School pupils who have gone on to work for us.
According to group HR manager, Victor Maycock, the visit was designed to give the students “an idea of what the world of work looks like”.
He said: “By talking to former pupils from Bungay who are now employees at the Hammond Group the students can get a much better idea of the journey they have taken into the workplace. They can ask: ‘What is it like?’ and ask questions about what it was like at interview. First-hand experiences like this tend to be more real than the careers advice pupils usually get.”
Mr Maycock said that we had taken on eight apprentices this year in roles such as vehicle technicians, body shop painters and service advisors. The company also works closely with schools to offer two-week work experience placements for pupils nearing school-leaving age. A total of six former pupils of Bungay High School, who originally attended work experience at the Hammond Group, are now working for the business full-time either as apprentices or qualified employees.
“Ensuring we have young people from the community who want to work for us is key to our business,” added Mr Maycock. “It’s about ensuring we have people for the future. Investment in training is a big part of what we are about.”