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Meet Ruby Njogu, Vehicle Technician Apprentice at Sytner Cardiff.
How long have you been an apprentice at Sytner BMW/MINI? Hi my name is Warobi (Ruby) and I’ve been an Apprentice Vehicle Technician at Sytner BMW Cardiff for 4years. (It was meant to be 3years but COVID happened).
What made you apply for an apprenticeship role with Sytner? Influences like my father, Formula 1 and Top Gear all sparked my interest in cars at a young age. Throughout school I found I particularly enjoyed working practically with my hands. When I was on summer holidays during my GCSE years, I applied for work experience at Sytner Cardiff and found that the experience exceeded my already high expectations. When the opportunity came to participate in a Saturday club which involved an engine strip as well as electrical and pneumatics principles, I grabbed it with both hands and absolutely loved those 3 months. This cemented it to me that this is what I want to go for and I’ve never looked back.
What advice would you give to someone looking to apply for an apprenticeship? I have heaps of advice for a potential apprentice. Firstly you do not need to know everything to get the apprenticeship. Try and ask for work experience so you can get a little taster of the job you’re looking at. Convey your passion and enthusiasm. Research your brand and know the product. Have a “can do” attitude, be determined, punctual and aware.
What does an average day look like for you? My average day may include servicing, electrical or mechanical diagnosis, programming vehicles and sale preparation work. Some days may include e-learning and training as well. I communicate with management, service advisors, workshop control, the parts department and sales team every single day. Team work really does make the dream work.
What is your favourite part about your current role? My favourite part of the job is that no day is the same. Every day presents the opportunities to learn, progress and be challenged which I find extremely rewarding. Having considerate, supportive and helpful colleagues also make my working days that bit more fun.
What is your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is successfully completing the apprenticeship course and gaining the qualification of BMW Certified Technician along with Refrigerant Handling and Hybrid Level 2. In addition to this, having the opportunity to represent my brand and dealership at the Worlds Skills show twice. The apprenticeship has opened so many doors for me and is a massive springboard to keep progressing, learning and growing in my personal as well as professional journey.