Apprentice scoops a regional motor award

Ricky Hookem with tutor Glenn Jensen.
Ricky Hookem with tutor Glenn Jensen.

An East Riding College student has won a regional apprentice award from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Ricky Hookem, 19, from Willerby, won Level Two Apprentice of the Year in the IMI’s Hull and District Member Association Apprentice Awards.

Ricky, who works at M and M Autotech in Beverley and attends East Riding College one day a week, has now moved up to a Level Three Advanced Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Service and Repair.

He won the award for his outstanding grades, the hard work he puts into job and studies and his excellent attitude.

He said: “I was really happy to get the award.

!It’s a good thing to get on your record but you do have to work for it. I’ve always enjoyed the course and my job, and I think that helps a lot.”

Ricky’s tutor at the College, Glenn Jensen, said: “He has been on the apprenticeship for 18 months and has put in a lot of effort and achieved a high standard of work.

“He always gets a glowing report from his employers, who have supported him really well throughout the apprenticeship.

“He’s always up to date with his assignments and has a really good attitude, and he thoroughly deserves this award.”

Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way of improving the skills and knowledge of employees and are being promoted by the government as one of the ways to achieve the skill levels needed so the UK economy can grow stronger.

They typically involve the employee spending four days a week at work, developing their practical skills, and one day a week at college, learning the accompanying theory.

They are available at levels two, three and four which are the equivalents to GCSEs, A-levels and the first year of a degree, respectively, and in the full range of subject areas.

For more information about apprenticeships at East Riding College, visit or call 0845 120 0037.

There are lots of other educational courses available at the college.

People who want to improve their English and maths skills can take advantage of free courses at East Riding College.

Qualifications from a very basic level all the way up to GCSEs are available at no charge to help people who would like to work on their literacy and numeracy skills. They are on offer at the College’s Beverley and Bridlington campuses.

Rex Scott, English and maths curriculum leader, said: “These free courses are aimed at people who would like to improve their English and maths for any reason.

“It could be that you want to help your child with their homework but lack confidence in your abilities, or you might wish to strengthen your CV to help you get a job or promotion.”

He added: “We can help you decide which course is right for you and work with you to build your abilities from a lower level up to GCSE standard.