Mercedes-Benz Dealership visits Sittingbourne school careers fair

Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd attended an Inspiration Day at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent. The visit came as part of the school's Festival of Learning Week. The day was designed to teach students about the world of work and to encourage them to think about different career paths.

Sparshatt (stet) Truck & Van Ltd is a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Kent, servicing and maintaining Mercedes trucks and vans including supplying genuine Mercedes parts. To introduce Fulston Manor's students to the world of working on the commercial vehicle sector including a three-year apprenticeship scheme. Sparshatt were keen to explain the full range of job roles within the motor industry including sales, marketing, product design, finance and HR.

The company provided students with hi-vis vests and brought an Actros L truck into the school's carpark. Not only were the students able to see inside the truck's cab and sit behind the wheel, but they also got to learn about the safety features of the vehicle and the general overview of the vehicle including new technology inside the cab to enhance the driver experience and highlight efficiency of the vehicle. Harry Deverill, Trainee Group Technical Specialist, who completed Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd's apprenticeship scheme, was on hand to tell students all about working for the company, along with Sarah Collyer, Head of Marketing, and Joanne Jackson, Group HR Manager.

Harry said:

"It was great being able to talk to the students about what we do at Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd. Having completed the apprenticeship course, it was a great opportunity to get young people interested in what we do and what an important sector the commercial vehicle industry is to keep our shop shelves full and our economy moving.  Mercedes offer advanced vehicle safety measures with each vehicle and it was a great opportunity to share these with students and show the advanced technology that comes with a truck."

Joanne added:

"It's important for young people to know about the world of work and the different options they have after leaving school. We're proud to have been involved in Fulston Manor's Inspiration Day to show these students what working for Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd means."

Mrs Susie Burden, Executive Headteacher of the Fulston Manor Academies Trust, said:

"We really are so very grateful to Sparshatt Truck and Van for attending our first ever Careers Fair.

The day was a huge success and our students were suitably impressed with the fact that Sparshatt had brought in a brand new Mercedes truck, capable of pulling 25 tonnes! They were also very excited at receiving hi-vis jackets, being able to climb into the cab and take away promotional sunglasses. A huge thank you must go to the company, and their staff, for explaining all about careers in their industry.

It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain greater understanding of the range of options available to them for their future."

For more information on Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd, visit https://www.sparshattgroup.com/.

For more information on the Sparshatt Training Academy, visit https://www.sparshattgroup.com/careers/apprenticeships.