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A SEGENSWORTH apprentice has seen three years of hard labour pay off, after getting a full time job.

Alistair Raddon has spent the past three years training at the Halfords Autocentre – the branch of the national chain that repairs vehicles – just off the M27.

He has passed his NVQ Level 3 in light vehicle technology this week, and will now stay with Halfords as a full-time employee.

He said: ‘This apprenticeship with Halfords Autocentres has given me great hands-on experience with the latest equipment and I’m very grateful for the expert training I have received over the last three years.

‘I can’t wait to get started as a qualified technician and to further my career with Halfords Autocentres.’

The Halfords apprenticeship scheme has been running for the past 20 years, and has seen more than 1,110 trainees join the staff ranks.

Bill Duffy, CEO of Halfords Autocentres, attended the ceremony to present graduates with their certificate and congratulate them on their achievement at ProVQ’s new training facility at Atcham Business Park in Shrewsbury.