A Midlothian-based car dealership has teamed up with Edinburgh College for the fourth successive year to host a Danish mechanic on an apprentice exchange scheme.
Jacob Nørgaard, 19, who lives in the town of Froslev in north-west Denmark, has been working at the Alex F Noble & Son’s Nissan premises at Straiton near Loanhead as a service and maintenance mechanic for the last month out of a three-month placement.
Edinburgh College automotive lecturer Robert Vass said: “Our partnership with the EUC Nordvest school for vocational training in Thisted in Denmark has, for many years, given engineering and automotive apprentices the chance to take part in the exchange scheme and experience professional life abroad.
“They learn how their industry operates in another country and they get so much out of experiencing another culture.
“It also helps the Danish apprentices with their English, which is very important to them. Plus, they get to enjoy being visitors to Scotland while earning at the same time.
“Previous apprentices have really enjoyed their time at the dealership so I was delighted the firm was again happy to take part in this year’s scheme by offering placements. The apprentices on placement at the Nissan dealership at Straiton will learn lots and have a rewarding, enjoyable experience.”
Alex F Noble & Son Nissan dealer principal, David Noble, said: “Jacob is a talented lad and a credit to both his country and his chosen profession.
“The exchange scheme continues to be a win/win experience for all concerned and we’re very happy we were again able to offer a placement this year.”
Jacob completes his stay at the dealership at the end of next month before returning to Denmark, where he aims to put all the experience he has learned in Midlothian into continuing to train to become a qualified mechanic.
The teenager said: “I was delighted to be asked if I wanted to participate in the exchange scheme and I’m really enjoying my stay. Everyone is very helpful and I hope my work experience will help me to go on to bigger and better things at home.
“I’m also really enjoying life here in the Edinburgh area and Scotland.
“I have a few friends here also on placement so we are managing to explore Scotland together, which is great.”