Colin Scott

Colin Scott

What company do you currently work for?

Elgin Truck and Van Centre Ltd

What is your name?

Colin Scott

What is your job title?

Managing Director

Provide a brief description of your business.

Franchised Service Dealers for MAN. Renault Trucks and Isuzu Truck including Bodyshop with branches in Elgin and Inverness.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school.

In 1998 at the end of my fourth year my guidance teacher and careers advisor encouraged me to continue my education, I planned to complete at least my fifth year before going on to college or university. During the summer holidays that year, I worked my summer job at Elgin Truck and Van Centre, where they took me on as an apprentice. I worked my way up becoming a qualified technician in 2002, then workshop foreman in 2004. In 2010 we opened a small site in Inverness which I ran for a year before returning to Elgin in 2011 as Aftersales Director for our new premises at Linkwood Place. I was promoted to my current position of Managing Director in 2016.

Have you ever been an apprentice? If yes, please explain what this was, what this involved and why would you encourage others to undertake an apprenticeship.

I was a Modern Apprentice training on the job with block release to college.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

My most useful subjects were Technical which I really enjoyed. I wasn't so keen on Maths and English, I found these more difficult but I'm glad I put the effort in and achieved the grades I did.

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

I take pride in delivering a good job and providing a quality service to our customers. It's satisfying to provide solutions to help our customers deliver to their customers.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

I have a family connection. My father and grandfather were both motor mechanics, we spent a lot of time in the shed sorting up old machines when I was growing up.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?

The careers advisor suggested I could become an automotive designer of some description following university studies. This would have been very interesting but in reality, there wasn't a job opportunity in Scotland, never mind Moray. I'm glad I took the apprentice job that was offered to me.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

My job as Managing Director is very different from my time as a technician! As well as running the company, I spend a fair bit of time working with staff and customers, planning and pricing work as well as some vehicle sales. I do still like to help in the workshop by providing advice for some technical jobs.

What skills are required to do your job?

Having good communication, and planning skills are vital in this job, I am lucky that we have a very good team and competent managers here and in Inverness. Literacy and numeracy as well as having reasonable IT skills are important too. Although this job can be done without knowing the technical aspects of the vehicle we look after, I think my knowledge in this regard is helpful to me.

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

If you want to get into our trade try and do so as early as you can. There are lots of opportunities, not just as Mechanical Technicians, but also as Parts Advisors, Customer Service Advisors, Panel Beaters, Painters, and Customer Service Advisors. In my opinion, the best route into the trade is as an Apprentice.

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