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Suttles Takes on First Female Apprentice Mechanic


As part of our growth, adding to our 68 staff, Suttles has just taken on its first female apprentice mechanic, Josie Dowding.
As part of her role, Josie helps the mechanics team in the workshop, servicing and carrying out inspections of all vehicles, as well as changing brake shoes and other mechanical maintenance. Josie works on Suttles’ 60-strong fleet of vehicles, ranging from transit vans, tipper lorries, diggers, as well as fixed plant in Suttles’ quarries.

Josie works at Suttles part-time alongside studying for Bournemouth & Poole College’s Level 2 Light Motor Vehicle Mechanics course. In September, Josie will be carrying out her City & Guilds in Level 2 Heavy Motors Vehicles at Southampton College, whilst continuing her apprenticeship at Suttles.

Apprentice mechanic Josie Dowding said “I tried to get work at various garages but they all said that I wouldn’t fit in with the garage environment, mainly down to me being a girl. It was really great that Suttles gave me this opportunity and now I’m able to gain my experience by working on a whole range of vehicles.”

In addition to taking on a new apprentice mechanic, three managers have recently been promoted to director level as part of the growing company. These include Sue Marshall who was promoted from office manager, Michael “Jimmy” James from Plant Manager, and sheet piling division Suttle Projects’ Alistair Maidman.

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Josie Dowding, Apprentice Mechanic, with Michael “Jimmy” James in the Suttles workshop


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