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New apprentice programme expands charity MoT centre

First Step Trust (FST) is an innovative charity which runs social enterprises that provide work and training opportunities for people excluded from work because of disabilities or disadvantages. FST trains over 500 disadvantaged individuals 

throughout the UK, with the aim of returning to working life. The operation of MoT test centres is a key part of the Trust’s varied activities.

Boston Garage Equipment have supplied all of the MoT equipment in use at FST, and also support the work of the Trust. FST recently launched its exciting new Apprentice programme and appropriately, Stella English, winner of the BBC’s The 

Apprentice series, was delighted to host the event which was opened by David Grant, The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Boris Johnson sent a message of support.

The launch took place at FST’s main office in Woolwich which is also home to their flagship MOT and service repair centre. 

Keynote speaker, Sarah Sillars, OBE FIMI Executive Chair of the IMI, spoke about the benefits of having apprentices in the work place and her enthusiasm for the new FST programme.

Ronnie Wilson, FST CEO said commented "FST has been using Boston garage equipment for about 7 years now, in our SMaRT (Socially Minded and Responsible Trading™) garages. We use Boston's equipment at our SMaRT garages in London and (in the next couple of months) Bexley. From our very first point of contact with them I have found Boston's staff at all levels of the organisation, and MD Ray Calcutt to be firmly committed to providing us with a first class service."

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