“We are a South Yorkshire based family business that believes in supporting our community. This is underpinned by our strong family values and continuing commitment to develop our people into successful stars for the future. By helping school leavers into the Search for a Star apprenticeship programme we can continue to build the Burrows team with new stars from our community.”

Dean Cooper, Operations Director, Burrows Motor Company

“The programme provided me with a better understanding and insight into the motor industry. My hard work paid off and don’t regret my decision one bit. I look forward to seeing what challenges await me in the future.”

George Crowcrofts, Customer Service Apprentice, 2017

“I am really passionate about joining the Burrows family, starting a new adventure in my dream job. I am looking forward to this final chapter of working within the motor industry, especially learning a brand new skill and learning within a great team of people.”

Lydia Harrison, Apprentice Vehicle Technician, 2017

“After visiting the dealership open evening, I would really like to join the Search for a Star programme. I would learn so many life skills, for example how a car is structured and what the parts are in a vehicle. As well, being able to communicate to outers who you have never met before is special because it gives you a chance to meet people and network.”

Year 11 Student, Oakwood High School


“It is a great programme that lets each centre engage with local communities on a positive level and introduce Vantage as a business to areas that may never have heard of us and promoting opportunities that we may have.”

Andrew Thompson, Service Manager Toyota Leeds

“Good quality candidates and the scheme keeps the candidates engaged with the various stages.”

John Dickinson, Service Manager Toyota Preston

“A very promising opportunity for youngsters.  Excellent knowledge and professionalism”

A parent (Wolverhampton)

“They (Gaia Innovation) were fantastic at presenting the key things you should do and things you should avoid during the interview.”

A candidate (Leeds)

“I found it (the training) useful because I will take the skills I’ve learnt to other jobs or situations where I will use it.”

A candidate (Preston)


“Thurlow Nunn is a family owned business that strives, through applying our family values, to be the organisation of choice for our people, our customers and our stakeholders. Our people are the key to the success of our business; it is our people that make the difference. The Search for a Star programme helps us to reach out to school leavers in our local communities to find the stars of the future.”

Simon Bottomley, Chairman and Group Managing Director

“I have just started the second year of my apprenticeship and am really enjoying it so far. I work within a great team and I am looking forward to being a fully qualified Vehicle Technician.”

Leevi, Apprentice Technician

“I have just finished my apprenticeship and am very excited to pursue my career in the automotive trade. My apprenticeship lasted three years which flew by quickly. The training covered all areas to an extremely high standard. I would definitely recommend this programme.”

Harley, Technician

“I enjoyed finding out about sales, the day to day tasks, the commission paid upon selling vehicles etc at the dealership open evening. The mechanical part was also intriguing as it was well explained and engaging. The free weekends also helped to keep me listening and engaged.”

Year 11 Student, Radcliffe School