Two young self-starters are celebrating anniversaries at Westover Kia in Ferndown. Joseph Scutt (20), who joined the team as a trainee sales executive has just completed his first year and is now a fully-fledged member of the team; whilst Joe Heron (19) has started the final year of his vehicle technician apprenticeship.
Just over a year ago, Joseph Scutt attended a Westover recruitment day along with around 70 other job seekers. With a few positions in mind but generally looking for candidates with great potential, the HR team spotted Joseph (who went to Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne) and suggested he meet with Westover Kia’s Brand Manager, Gary Clark.
“I didn’t think I stood a chance at the recruitment day because I had no experience but when the Westover representatives explained that they were looking for the right attitude, inter-personal skills and masses of motivation, I began to think there might be hope,” says Joseph. “The team here have been phenomenal and there’s a lovely atmosphere, plus Kia’s a great brand. It’s a fast paced workplace but I feel motivated, I want to do well and the rewards are good. I’ve recently bought myself my dream car and I hope to buy my first house sometime soon, so there’s plenty to drive me on!”
Joseph left school at 16 and took a two year outdoor education course, equipping him to lead youth expeditions and teach activities such as kayaking. He also worked part time in a bicycle shop both as a mechanic and in a front of house sales role, quickly realising that his ability to chat to people and his love of selling could lead to a whole new career.
The Ferndown dealership’s other high flier, Joe Heron, will be a fully qualified technician in July next year, having recently started the final year of his apprenticeship. Joe joined Westover Kia straight from Blandford School at just 16 years old with no prior mechanical experience.
As part of the interview process, Joe (who also lives in Ferndown) took a series of online exams - including maths and English - set by the Kia Academy. Having passed with flying colours, he joined a team of six technicians, training under the workshop’s Master Technician (the highest level of qualification).
“I love coming to work – this is a good place to be,” says Joe Heron. “I’ve learnt loads throughout my apprenticeship, both from the team in the workshop and on my monthly trips to Kia’s Central College in Nottingham and I want to keep progressing as much as I possibly can. I’ve been completely won over by the Kia brand and I even drive a Kia car now!”
Gary Clark, Westover Kia’s Brand Manager, adds: “Both Joseph and Joe are progressing really well and we’re proud of what they’ve achieved to date. They’ve come into the workplace at a young age and really proved that a good attitude and a great work ethic are what counts. We wish them every success in their future careers with Westover.”
To find out more about Westover Kia or about recruitment opportunities with the Westover Group, visit the website at westovergroup.co.uk.