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Apprentice sacked after SHOCKING dash cam footage

For many school-leavers, university graduates and those looking for a stark career change, apprenticeships are a good way of breaking into the working world.

The structured training programme gives people the chance to enhance their knowledge of an industry, learn new skills and work towards a qualification. There’s a lot of opportunity for progression so apprentices usually try their best to impress employers in the hope of securing a permanent job in the future.

Yet, one apprentice did something that left their employer – and a customer for that matter – severely unimpressed and actually cost them their job.

An apprentice and a mechanic at a car garage drove a customer’s car to Greggs to pick up lunch while taking it on a test drive, which was revealed via shocking dash cam footage – Chronicle Live reported.

The footage showed the pair rocketing the customer's car over speed humps and driving without a seatbelt. The apprentice has since been fired.

The peeved customer, who checked his dash cam to see how much petrol had been used when the garage test drove his car, noticed one of the employees saying in the video: “He’s got a dash cam, he’s probably hearing everything we’re saying...he’s seeing us getting our dinner.”

A Spokesman for Causeway Garage, the firm that the apprentice was working for, said: “The lads went on a test drive with the car and they decided to kill two birds with one stone and go and get their dinners.

“When I saw the dash cam footage I pulled the lads into the office and went ape with them.“

"The apprentice has been sacked because of his attitude and the mechanic is on a final written warning and he is not allowed to do test drives anymore.”

Apprenticeship pay gap

Although the above tale isn't related it does shine a light on apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week. It shines a light on the impact that apprentices have on individuals, employers and the economy.

However, a 2015 report from the National Union of Students said that apprentices are paid “exploitative” rates and must receive higher wages.

The low wages mean that apprentices, in some instances, can’t afford to travel to their place of work or take time off ill, the report found.

Earlier this year, figures revealed in the biennial Apprenticeship Pay Survey, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, claimed that the gender pay gap for apprentices has almost doubled recently.

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According to the research, level two and three male apprentices were paid almost six per cent more than their female colleagues which translates to £7.90 per hour compared with £7.47 for women on average in 2018.

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