We were delighted to be able to recognise and reward some of the UK’s most promising automotive talent during our inaugural Rising Stars awards last month. Here we profile our first two students Molly and Liam, to find out what really drives them toward a career in the motor industry.

Holts Rising Star Mechanic Molly with CertificateMolly Harrell, from Runshaw College in Lancashire, was a clear choice for her course tutor John Robinson. Her outstanding performance on the Vehicle Technology course and enthusiasm for cars put her in a class above her own.

John added: “Molly is the perfect example of an outstanding student, the commitment and determination she has shown on the course has been wonderful. Her passion for cars and enthusiasm are truly infectious. No one deserves this award more than Molly.”

Here’s what Molly had to say: “I’m proud to be a Holts Rising Star. I just do what I do and get on with it! There’s always going to be challenges for a woman in a male orientated world. The hardest one to get over is the mindsets of the men that don’t think women can be mechanics because they don’t want to get their fingernails dirty! It’s a stereotype you’ve got to get over – you’ve got to take it as a challenge and prove them wrong!”

Liam Connor Davies received his Holts Rising Stars Award for going thatLiam Connor Davies Holts Rising Stars Certificate Presentation extra mile on his IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance at The College Merthyr Tydfil. His college tutor, Neil Clancy, was extremely impressed with the hard work and determination he displayed during the course.

Neil commented: “Liam has a clear career plan based around his passion for cars and engineering. Liam began his Motor Vehicle studies last year on a school links programme and enjoyed the course so much he returned this year as a full-time level 2 student. Liam’s attendance, commitment and attitude to his learning is first class.”

Liam added: “The practical experience and technical subjects have taught me a lot. I have been able to learn the skills necessary to diagnose and repair cars. My ambition is to complete my level 3 qualification and eventually open my own garage repairing cars and classic cars.”

Make sure you come back to read our next blog to find our why our final two Rising Stars, Sophie and Matt, were chosen.

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