Motoring

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Jobs for the boys (and girls) in the motor trade

Leaving Cert students stake claim on motor career

Eddie Cunningham

Published 18/06/2014|02:30

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Joe Duffy Motors on the North Road. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Joe Duffy Motors on the North Road. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

A NUMBER of Leaving Cert students recently showed how much they wanted a career in the motor industry by taking time out from study to stake an early claim for inclusion on a prestigious course.

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They were among an 'overwhelming' 623 applicants for 12 slots on a four-year motor vehicle apprentice programme in the Joe Duffy Motor group.

Because they were studying, they were the interviewed first.

The number of applicants overall took the prospective employers by surprise: 167 were invited to a first-round 'Speed Interview' conducted by 12 managers from the group.

Of the 87 who attended, 33 are going to second interviews at dealership level within the group's seven sites around Dublin.

But such was the quality of applicants, it was decided to create extra places (subject to FAS/Solas advice on start times etc). And the group plans to take on an additional four part-qualified technicians.

It is a good example of how increased business and car sales translate into jobs and careers within the industry.

A spokesperson for the Joe Duffy group told Motors: "While we expected a strong response, we were really overwhelmed with the level of interest."

The course leads to an internationally recognised FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft. And even those who didn't, or don't, make the cut this time are likely to get another chance. I understand as many as possible will get first call if similar positions arise over the coming months.

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