Ap­pren­tice Jack revs up top award Factfile on... Suzuki ap­pren­tice­ships

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By WIL­LIAM SMITH news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Peter­bor­oughet

TEENAGE me­chanic Jack Hawks­bee has over­come dif­fi­cul­ties at school to be recog­nised as one of the finest mo­tor­cy­cle ap­pren­tices in the coun­try.

The 17-year-old, who left Sir Harry Smith Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Whit­tle­sey last year, has just scooped the Suzuki Ap­pren­tice of the Year award.

Jack won the Year One Mo­tor­cy­cle Tech­ni­cian Cat­e­gory, beat­ing hope­fuls from across the UK to take the ac­co­lade.

He started the ap­pren­tice­ship last Novem­ber, soon af­ter land­ing a full­time job at Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles, in First Drove, Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough.

He said: “I couldn’t wait to get into the world of work.

“I found school quite hard as I couldn’t read very well, but ev­ery­one thought I just wasn’t try­ing very hard.

“Then lit­er­ally two months be­fore I left school we found out I had a form of dys­lexia.

“Be­cause I’d been re­ally strug­gling I did a cou­ple of tests and we fi­nally found out why.”

Jack, who still left school with seven GCSES, had been work­ing at Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles on a Satur­day for two years be­fore he se­cured a full-time po­si­tion on an ap­pren­tice­ship there.

He said: “I’ve al­ways en­joyed me­chan­ics and messed about with a cou­ple of bikes at home in my spare time.

“I also re­ally en­joy it at Wheels, they’re a great bunch of peo­ple. “I was re­ally chuffed to be of­fered the ap­pren­tice­ship and I’m over the moon I won the award.” Jack, who lives with his fam­ily in Coro­na­tion

Av­enue, Whit­tle- sey, is on a three-year ap­pren­tice­ship course.

As well as his work at Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles Jack goes to the Suzuki train­ing cen­tre in Rother­ham for week-long cour­ses ev­ery other month. It was staff at the train­ing cen­tre who nom­i­nated him for the ac­co­lade. Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Neil Steen said: “We are ex­tremely proud of Jack and what he has achieved at a na­tional level.

“It also demon­strates that we take train­ing at Wheels very se­ri­ously and it builds con­fi­dence in us as a deal­er­ship that cus­tomer safety is a num­ber one pri­or­ity.”

Wheels also has two other ap­pren­tices – thirdyear mo­tor­cy­cle tech­ni­cian Jamie Bowd and sec­ond-year cus­tomer ser­vice ap­pren­tice Jack Snow­don.

THE RIDE STUFF: The top Suzuki ap­pren­tice in the coun­try, Jack Hawks­bee, at Wheels of Fen­gate. (METP-15-05-12DL551)

Pic­tures: DAVID LOWN­DES

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