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A FAST TRACK INTO A CAREER.

Read how Thomas Summerfield is getting ahead with the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

The degree apprenticeship is putting me ahead of other students who may come into a full time position after they graduate.

Thomas Summerfield, 19
Service Advisor, Pendragon PLC

A FAST TRACK INTO A CAREER

In April 2016 Thomas joined Pendragon, one of the UK’s leading operators of franchised motor dealerships.

He is one of six employees to join the first round of Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices at the company, taking on the role of Service Advisor at dealership Evans Halshaw. At the same time, he is studying through Nottingham Trent University to gain a Degree Apprenticeship and achieve Chartered status.

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A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE

“It’s a different route to the traditional university path that a lot of my friends have chosen, but this course is really setting me up for my future.”

The new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by a group of 40 employers and universities, headed by Serco and supported by CMI. “I’m getting the rare opportunity to work at the UK’s leading automotive retailer, gain a degree in Business Management and Leadership from Nottingham Trent University and become a fully qualified Chartered Manager.”

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A MORE QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL

“The degree apprenticeship is putting me ahead of other students who may come into a full time position after they graduate.”

Being able to work and study at the same time means I’m gaining a deep knowledge of the company and learning a range of vital skills, such as business acumen and a growing confidence in the workplace environment. Of course I’m looking forward to making the most of the huge number of personal benefits that I’ll gain from the course, but I think that it’s great for Pendragon too.

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AN INVESTMENT THAT BENEFITS EVERYONE

Ultimately, it’s investing in quality professional management for its future leaders – a win-win for everyone involved. It really is a fantastic career accelerator.

We get so much support throughout the course; from study leave to helpful mentors, through to being encouraged to reach out to senior level staff and the learning development team if we have any problems. I’m reassured in the knowledge that at the end of the course, on top of having a degree, I’ll be on the path to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Manager.

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