Champion kickboxer Fallon Hignett has struck a blow for gender equality by graduating as the UK’s first female Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle breakdown specialist.
The 19-year-old from Liverpool works as a commercial vehicle technician at North-West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. She joined the company straight from school three years ago, after earning a place on the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme.
Although her apprenticeship does not finish until October, she has already taken the next step on her career path by achieving the stringent qualification required to become a mobile breakdown technician, and join the Service 24h team at Roanza’s branch in her home city.
Roanza Group Aftersales Manager Nigel Lewin said: “We are very proud of Fallon, and delighted that she has achieved this important career milestone. Her achievement proves that the commercial vehicle industry is no longer the bastion of male domination it might once have been – dedication, hard work and a ‘can do’ attitude are the key attributes for success, and she has all three in abundance. Fallon is a great example to other young people who might be considering a career in our industry.”
The Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme boasts a 93% completion rate, with 65% of its graduates still working within the manufacturer’s Dealer Network after 10 years. More than 3,200 young people have undertaken technician and parts specialist training through the programme since it was established 23 years ago.