Dan Ovens, 24, is currently undertaking a NVQ Level 2 Vehicle Body apprenticeship at KP Garage and Body Shop in Westbury. Dan was one of two individuals selected out of over 30 applicants to undertake an apprenticeship with the company starting in December 2017.

We asked Dan about his journey to this point and what he was enjoying about his apprenticeship?

When I left school at 16 I started a carpentry apprenticeship but unfortunately there was a down turn in the trade and I lost my job. From there I worked at Honda in Swindon and Siemens but these roles didn’t fulfil me and I didn’t have a good work life balance, I was working night shifts. When I saw the advert for this role I was excited, I love cars and have a real passion in the area so I knew if I could train within this industry it would help me get out of bed in the morning! I really enjoy working at KP because it’s like a family unit, I think that’s the benefit of working for a smaller employer, we all get along and although it’s only a few months in I feel like I’ve known everyone for a lot longer. I am gaining confidence using tools already and I can keep practicing these at home on my project car.”

What advice would you give to others considering an apprenticeship?

My Grandfather always supported me to do whatever made me happy and I would say that is great advice, find an area which you are really interested in. You can’t go wrong with earning and learning, whilst if you went to University you would be paying to learn. For me personally I prefer to be hands on rather than sat listening to somebody. An apprenticeship is for anyone, I started this at 23 and had to take a pay cut but it will be worth it in the long run, as this is something which I enjoy it doesn’t feel like a job!”

Lastly we asked Dan what his proudest moment was so far and what his future plans are?

I think when I came for the assessment day, I made my Mum wait in the car for an hour so I could see the finished project (a Range Rover) we had been working on get taken away by its owner. My employer later told me this made them realise I was dedicated and would be a great fit for the role. My future plans are to carry out another apprenticeship in spraying so I can be an all-rounder.”

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