Advocate for apprenticeships Knowing the job challenges facing young people, Darren Crossley of Chesterfield is already planning how he can take on vehicle technician apprentices in his new business, DCS Servicing.  Having overcome his own health difficulties, supported by the Work for Yourself programme, he wants to give others a helping hand too.  “I’m a strong believer in apprenticeships because I’ve trained them throughout my 18 years in the motor trade,” Darren explained, “It’s a great achievement to see them progress – one is now working for McLaren.  I want to do my bit to help young people learn a trade and achieve their goals.  Although I was self-taught, I then got my qualifications through the Main Dealerships: there are more opportunities by combining qualifications with practical hands-on experience.  I’ve already had offers from people wanting to work with me.” Darren himself had to stop working in 2009 due to a long-term back condition and said, “I’d worked for many of the main dealerships, supervising and managing teams of technicians.    So, when I had to stop, it was grim on benefits and money was tight through the long-haul of recovery, treatment and pain management.  Setting up the business has lifted me up.  I’ve learned new skills by creating my website and using social media.” DCS Servicing provides the convenience of mobile repairs, services and diagnostics for all makes and models of cars at customers’ homes or workplaces across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.  “I can do exactly what the main dealers do at a fraction of the cost and it’s much easier for customers,” Darren commented, “I can cover all aspects of vehicles from brakes to fully computerised diagnostic systems.  Fixed-price services mean that there are no hidden costs and, with heavy snow forecast from next month, I’m offering Winter Checks for those who want to be prepared – and a local recovery service for those who aren’t.” The Work for Yourself programme has helped Darren plan his business which needed major personal commitment and investment for his specialist diagnostic equipment.  The programme is available at no cost for Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough residents who, like Darren, have a long-term health condition.  For more information, contact us. Darren said, “My philosophy is to do a professional job and then word-of-mouth will build the business with a new service unit and the trainees.”  The Work for Yourself programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough Councils.  Contact Darren at 
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