Motors may be more of a man’s world to many but car mechanic Sapphire Quarterman is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
The 22-year-old has dabbled in hairdressing and retail but her real passion is cars - and she has become the only female in a recent national competition to be recognised for her impressive car mechanic skills.
The Henley-in-Arden resident, who has been taken on as an apprentice service technician at Lapworth Garage in Solihull, fought off stiff competition recently to become one of just nine young people in the country to be awarded the Apprentice Vehicle Technician of the Year Award at the annual Remit Apprenticeship Awards.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I’m obviously very proud to have won the award,” Sapphire, who has a four-year-old boy, told us. “I just love my job and would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a go - but you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
“I’d always had an interest in cars and wanted to know how they worked but never had any friends or family that had those sort of skills to teach me.
“Having my son really changed my view on life and I thought I may as well give it a go.
“I just went into the garage one day and asked if they would consider taking me on as an apprentice.
“It was a little daunting but I’m really lucky because everyone at the garage are great people to work with.”
Manager Steve Esslemont added: “Sapphire is so hard working, great with the customers, and takes so much pride in what she’s doing.”