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Work experience boy shows potential

PUBLISHED: 10:50 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 May 2010

Aaron Mills with Phil Reid from Lings Honda, handing over the £50 reward for selling the car. Picture: SUBMITTED

Aaron Mills with Phil Reid from Lings Honda, handing over the £50 reward for selling the car. Picture: SUBMITTED

AT the age of 14, teenage boys aren't even allowed in the driving seat of a car, let alone perceived capable of selling one.

But during a spell of work experience at Lings Honda in Lowestoft, student Aaron Mills managed to cruise his way to a lucrative deal, getting the full asking price and the promise of a job.

AT the age of 14, teenage boys aren't even allowed in the driving seat of a car, let alone perceived capable of selling one.

But during a spell of work experience at Lings Honda in Lowestoft, student Aaron Mills managed to cruise his way to a lucrative deal, getting the full asking price and the promise of a job.

Aaron, who attends Kirkley High School, spent one day a week at the company in Riverside Road, but on the morning he sold the grey BMW for £2,995, it was only the first time he had entered the used car sales department.

Now he is about to start a new Saturday job at Lings and owner Chris Jary hopes by the time the teenager is 18 he will be reaching managerial standards.

Phil Reid, used car sales manager said: “He had been here for six weeks doing one day a week but he had been round different departments doing different jobs and this was the first time I got a chance to speak to him.

“He was very, very switched on. I talked to him and showed him how to work the computer system and I told him if a customer came in, to go and speak to them. And the first customer that came in, he introduced himself, did everything properly and professionally. He did a deal on a part exchange and he got it.”

Mr Reid said he listened intently in the background and was extremely impressed with how Aaron handled himself.

“It was excellent. He was a bit shy at the beginning, but I had told him what to do and how to present himself and he did everything he was told to do the way I had showed him. We can see his potential.”

Aaron is in year 10 and is enrolled on the entrepreneurial enterprise course at Kirkley High.

The course is designed to explore elements of entrepreneurism and help students develop the attitudes to succeed.

Cheryl Willis, Kirkley High's enterprise advisor said: “Aaron is one such student. The work in the classroom has built on the development of enterprising attitudes and this shone brightly through when he sold a car at Lings Honda.”

As a reward for his sale Aaron was presented £50 from Lings when he got back to school.

He said: “The money makes me happy and it was a good feeling negotiating and selling the car. It's good to have people believe in you.”

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