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Bristol Street Motors Northampton Nissan welcomes first degree-level apprentice

L-R: Camoree Wright with Leanne Martin, his mentor at Bristol Street Motors Northampton Nissan

Bristol Street Motors Northampton Nissan is welcoming its first degree-level apprentice.

Camoree Wright, 22, is training as an undergraduate service advisor at Bristol Street Motors Northampton Nissan, while working towards a Business Leadership & Management Practice degree, in partnership with Northumbria University.

Camoree recently finished a Business and Finance course at UCFB Wembley, a franchise of Buckinghamshire New University, before embarking on the degree apprenticeship with Vertu Motors. He is the first in his family to attend University.

The degree-level apprenticeship programme offers talented young people the chance to gain a degree while earning a salary of £18,000 holding a full-time permanent role within the business. Vertu Motors plc, the Group which owns Bristol Street Motors, will fund £27,000-worth of tuition fees over the three and a half year course and the course is one of the first motor retail industry’s degree-level apprenticeships.

The degree-level apprenticeship offers talented young people the chance to gain a degree while earning a base salary of £18,000, with parent Group Vertu Motors paying £27,000-worth of tuition fees throughout the three-and-a-half-year programme. The course is one of the first motor retail industry’s degree-level aprenticeships.

This year, a group of 13 people are starting the apprenticeships, an increase from the 10 students from last year wo are now commencing their second year. Like Camoree, students will spend the majority of the course in placements at dealerships across the Vertu Motors group, with the prospect of future progression into managerial roles.

Camoree said: “I am a confident and hardworking person and am proud to be the first in my family to go to university. I have been fortunate enough to work in various sectors, which has allowed me to enhance on skills I already have, in addition to learning new skills. I think that adapting to change and challenging situations is something I am very strong at and I look forward to what the programme will bring over the next few years.”

Robert Forrester, chief executive officer of Vertu Motors plc, said: “The degree-level apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to gain a respected degree, debt-free in a dynamic industry. The programme was hugely successful last year and we are thrilled to welcome our new intake.

“We are always keen to take on talented, enthusiastic people who fit with our values and our degree-level apprenticeship is not just something for school-leavers to consider. This year we have welcomed a strong mix of both men and women of different ages, from a variety of backgrounds. I am excited to see how their careers progress over the next couple of years.”