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Successful career beckons for budding Bluestar engineer Luke Beard

243 days ago Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Bluestar and the Rainbow Project

Aspiring engineer Luke Beard is celebrating this week - after being offered an apprenticeship by Go-Ahead Group owned bus operator Bluestar. 

Luke, from Lordshill in Southampton, was originally selected to spend time working for a year at the firm’s Eastleigh depot as part of The Rainbow Project. And now, his enthusiasm and dedication has bagged him the prospect of a successful career ahead. 

“We’re delighted by Luke’s efforts since he joined us last year,” said Bluestar engineering manager, Steve Prewett. “He has really settled in as a respected member of our team.

“I wish him every success in his new career with us, and look forward to working with him over the coming years.”

Luke’s apprenticeship will include a three year NVQ level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - with a fourth year training with the Bluestar engineering team. 

“It’s been great working with everyone here,” added Luke. “They have welcomed me and helped me along the way. I’m really looking forward to getting my qualifications and becoming a fully-fledged Bluestar engineer. I’d like to thank The Rainbow Project for seeing the potential in me, and for sorting this great placement.”

Established in 1981, The Rainbow Project provides a range of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in and around Southampton. 

Working with local employers, it provides many with the opportunity of securing employment and progressing in a chosen career. The charity prepares candidates by giving them training and by helping them with personal presentation and other skills they will need in the workplace. 

Trudi Thompson of The Rainbow Project, said: “Luke has worked tremendously hard to change his life both at work and at home. There have been a few bumps along the way but he has remained focused and committed to the end goal.” 

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