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Ben Sloman is celebrating his graduation from his 3 year DAF apprenticeship at Adams Morey in Basingstoke. Ben, who lives in Alton, went to college from school to gain qualifications in Information Technology, however he realised that an office based work placement was not going to be for him. He moved into light vehicle maintenance at the Basingstoke College of Technology for 2 years and this set him on the track of gaining work experience with local VW and Volvo specialists.
Ben admits that at that time he was shy and not experienced enough on the practical side of the work. The theoretical side came easily to him. He decided to sign up with Skillnet and they found him an HGV apprenticeship with DAF through Adams Morey and Ben jumped at the chance.
“I had two interviews one with Skillnet and then with Adams Morey and the result was I started on the apprenticeship. It was the best thing I could have done and has changed my life. I am so much more confident now and have developed a lot of skills”, said Ben. “I apply the learning each day in the workshop and I get paid too! It is a win- win situation for me. I enjoy learning and improving myself.”
Ben continued: “The team here have been great with me. In the first year I had a mentor, but once they could see my potential I was given more independence and responsibility. My confidence has grown and I really enjoy coming to work. Attending the DAF College in Bristol enabled me to make new friends who come from Northern Ireland, this would never have happened if I had not got the apprenticeship.”
Ben has a passion for motorbikes and even took a road trip to the South of France on his Yamaha MT07. This was the holiday of a lifetime and was made the sweeter by Ben working hard to raise the money to make the trip.