Success Stories Ben Spillard

Ben Spillard

Caffyns PLC - Sales Executive

  • What was your first job? After finishing my A-Levels, I was very unsure about what I wanted to do with my future. I was in two minds about going to university. I felt I would struggle to continue another three years of education, studying and exams. Due to the huge commitment in both my time as well as financially, I decided that I would put this off knowing I could change my mind in a few years’ time.
  • Did you know exactly what you wanted to do? I decided that it would be best for me to look to get a job in the industry which I was thinking of going into to study (Business Management and Sales). While researching, I found an apprenticeship to be the best way to do this. I thought I could gain valuable skills, qualifications and also get paid while doing it.
  • How did you get into the automotive industry? While searching for an apprenticeship, I came across the Caffyns PLC website which was advertising a “Sales Support Apprenticeship” at their Volvo dealership in Eastbourne. This really appealed to me due to both my love for cars and also the sales/business environment. After an initial interview, they invited me back for a trial day. This was extremely useful for both me to see what the apprenticeship entailed, as well as for the company to see if I would be right for the role.
  • Have you undergone any further training or obtained any qualifications? Yes, Caffyns has invested a huge amount of time and money into my development and training. During my 18-month apprenticeship, I have achieved a Level 2 in Customer Service and also a Sales Accreditation. Caffyns also paid for me to complete a “New to Carsales” 3-month course which went in depth into every part of the sales process. At the end of the course and completion of the assessment, we were rewarded with a trip to Sweden!
  • Where are you now?I completed my apprenticeship in July 2017. I am now a full-time Sales Executive at Caffyns Volvo which I couldn’t be happier about.

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