Schaefflerâ€™s Bob Carter is celebrating 50 years in the automotive industry.
The Territory Manager, who represents Schaefflerâ€™s LuK, INA and FAG brands in the North East of England and Scotland will reach the milestone in September â€“ a month after his 65th birthday.
â€œMy Dad told me to get a job when I left school at 15 and I ended up at Dunnâ€™s which was a small franchised dealership,â€ he recalls â€œIt was some time before I was let loose on a car. My first jobs were to make tea, clean-up and pass the mechanics their tools.â€
Bob started a five-year apprenticeship at 16 which saw him gain his City and Guilds Full Technological Certificate in Automobile Engineering among other qualifications.
After passing his exams Bob became an expert in Jaguars and Rovers and joined a larger dealership in Sunderland, eventually working his way up the ladder to become Service Manager.
Bob also worked at MG Rover, however when the business went into administration in 2005 he moved to Schaeffler to join fellow MG Rover employee Malcolm Short.
â€œI have really enjoyed the past few years and many of my colleagues and customers have become good friends,â€ says Bob who has assured customers he intends to stay with Schaeffler for the foreseeable future.
Reaching 50 years of service is a milestone for any industry, we wish Bob the very best of luck for the future.