A HEREFORD motor dealership has welcomed its first degree-level apprentice.

Lewis Drynda, 25, is training as an undergraduate service advisor at Vertu Hereford Volkswagen on Centurion Way, while working towards a degree in Business Leadership & Management, in partnership with Northumbria University.

The degree-level apprenticeship programme offers talented young people the chance to gain a degree while earning a salary of £18,000 holding a full-time permanent role within the business.

Vertu Motors, the group which owns Bristol Street Motors, will fund £27,000-worth of tuition fees over the three-and-a-half year course which is one of the first motor retail industry’s degree-level apprenticeships.