Apprenticeship helps turn dream into a reality for MOT tester

As a child, Rickie watched his father work on motorbikes, the 20-year-old was soon helping and learned mechanic basics, which then led him to study vehicle maintenance at Wiltshire College.

Progressing from Level 1 to 2, Rickie decided to pursue an apprenticeship to help him achieve his ambition of becoming an MOT tester.

Rickie began in the workshop as a general mechanic carrying out services and repairs and as he progressed, began to work on clutches, cam belts and even engine changes.

The Level 2 and 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship programmes meant that he spent the majority of time in the workplace learning the skills needed, supported at College by industry experienced lecturers and technicians with fully-equipped workshops.

Rickie said: “An apprenticeship seemed the best route to help me get where I wanted to be.  You need to be hands on for this type of career so working in a garage was essential.”