Dad Visits the Workshop & We Take On

We’re proud of our heritage here at Gamak.

We’ve been here for over forty years and love that our name has become synonymous with car culture in Rotherham.

We have a passion for anything with a motor and there’s nothing we like more than being able to spread that love as much as possible, that’s why you’ll see our name on advertising boards at the local speedway race track, on the sides of go-karts and even plastered on the livery of a few local banger racers. We also try and find a way of getting young people into engineering as much as possible: as part of our commitment to the local support of our own trade we take on 3 apprentices each year.

The annual injection of young blood into the workshop each year is something that long-timers like myself and Gray always look forward to. It’s a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the way that we work, assessing the effectiveness of the systems that we have in place and letting us appreciate how we can change our ways so that we can provide a better start in the world of mechanics for these young men and women.

More young people than ever are entering into practical trades. Put off by the high cost of university tuition fees, the young people of tomorrow are more skills-focused than ever, they understand better than anyone else that getting hired in the 21st century requires more than just a piece of paper.

When we start the recruitment process, we look for a few qualities in our apprentices:

  • Passion for mechanics – this has to be more than ‘just a job’ for these kid, we like to know that they have a real love for what they do.
  • Bags of enthusiasm – there’s a lot of trial and error in mechanics, our apprentices need to have the enthusiasm to get right back on the horse when they fall off.
  • Winning sense of humour – being able to have a laugh at yourself is a big part of fitting in to our crew here, there’s no room for self-seriousness!

Our new starters joined us this month and we’ve been delighted with their progress so far. Alex, Kate and Mark are all 16 years old, fresh out of secondary school and have spent the last couple of weeks getting accustomed to working life in a mechanic’s workshop. They spend three days a week with us here and the other two days learning in college, so we get a good 24 hours a week to bring them up to speed with the way that we do things here at G. A. Mak Motors.

As is tradition our founding father came in this week to hand our apprentices their first paychecks and have a chat with them. G. A. Mak is first and foremost a family business and it’s really important to us that our new starters understand where it all began for us.

We never tell our apprentices about this tradition and leave it up to our Dad to surprise them with their envelopes of cash – even at 67, he’s still got the winning sense of humour that we look to foster in our own employees.