Exmouth mechanic Kieran wins top award

PUBLISHED: 12:01 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:01 13 February 2015

Exeter College's Apprentice of the Year and former Exmouth Community College student Kieran Hanley is pictured working at M&D Motors on Pound Lane. Ref exe 7315-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exeter College's Apprentice of the Year and former Exmouth Community College student Kieran Hanley is pictured working at M&D Motors on Pound Lane. Ref exe 7315-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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An Exmouth mechanic has his sights set on the day when he can buy his own car repair garage - after being named apprentice of the year at Exeter City College.

Kieran Hanley, 18, of Pound Lane, beat 800 other apprentices to the honour at the college’s student awards at the Thistle Hotel, Exeter.

An employee of Exmouth’s M&D Motors, he said: “The course gives you work skills and practical skills, rather than work in a classroom.

“I’ve always wanted to work with cars. I just love working on cars and doing something practical.”

Kieran did a one-day-a-week work placement at M & D Motors while he was attending Exmouth Community College.

He said: “M & D Motors have been very supportive and they helped me get on the course in the first place.”

He began work full-time at the Pound Lane garage in July 2012 and, two months later, was put onto an apprenticeship scheme at Exeter College.

He originally joined the city college on its 14-16 programme in vehicle maintenance and set out to be a qualified mechanic early on.

He currently attends the college one day a week and cannot wait until he is able to pass the course.

Dave Richards, owner of M & D Motors, Exmouth, said: “We have a number of work experience members from the community college and in the early stages I could see Kieran was very keen.

“He is always very willing and prepared to do what he was told.

“Apprentice schemes have always been important, but even more so these days because vehicles ar

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