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Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills

Shortlisted for the WISE Apprentice Award 2015

12 November 2015

Hannah Mills, Apprentice VWCV Technician, Imperial Commercials

Hannah needed persistence and determination to get started in a career she has dreamed of since childhood. Having grown up helping her father strip down and rebuild motorbikes, Hannah always wanted to be a vehicle technician. She couldn’t find a firm to take her on, despite sending 50 applications before she left school. One garage owner interviewed her but said his wife wouldn’t allow him to employ her because she was “too pretty”. She enrolled to study motor vehicle maintenance at college and finally got noticed by responding to a negative media article by a local garage owner, saying she wanted a job fixing cars but no-one would offer her an apprenticeship.Offers of interviews started to roll in, and she secured an apprenticeship with Imperial Commercials, who look after VW vehicles.In August, she was named the VW Apprentice Technician of the Year 2015. Her manager says proudly: “Hannah has the ability and drive to rise as high as she wishes in her chosen career.”

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