Crawley mechanic puts apprentices at heart of new business

Tahir Shad sets up his first garage, T&N MOTs and focuses on helping young people through apprenticeships Tahir with his 2 apprentices Ed Brewer and Kristian Fernando. Pic Steve Robards  SR1618748 SUS-160627-192709001
Tahir Shad sets up his first garage, T&N MOTs and focuses on helping young people through apprenticeships Tahir with his 2 apprentices Ed Brewer and Kristian Fernando. Pic Steve Robards SR1618748 SUS-160627-192709001

A Crawley father has said he hopes to secure a future for his children and invest in the town’s young people after successfully opening his own mechanics business a couple of months ago.

After two decades working in garages in Gatwick and Broadfield and months of planning, it was a dream come true for Tahir Shad when he set up T&N MOTs in Reynolds Road, West Green with business partner Nas Mohammed.

He started his journey to success at Thomas Bennett School where he was always great with practical subjects and using his hands.

Throughout school and later at Central Sussex College, he had a passion for working with cars and was luckily given the chance to start an apprenticeship with AMK motors in Gatwick.

Former owner Martin Payne was quickly able to see the talent and passion Tahir had with working with cars and customers and he soon was able to finish off his qualifications with the good grades.

Now with his business partner Nas, he hope to build up a local customer base and also focus on helping young people get their careers off the ground - remembering they were once in their shoes.

The father of two from Broadfield said: “I decided that I wanted to secure a good future for my family and children and hope that this business will carry on within the family for years to come.

“My parents have always been thoroughly supportive of me and have supported me 100 per cent throughout my career.

“I felt that with the backing and support of my parents I was able to take the plunge with confidence into this new chapter in my life.

“I now want to work with the local communities especially students to give back the opportunity I was once given to others.”

He has hired two lads as their apprentices, Ed Brewer and Kristian Fernando, who are working exceptionally hard to support him.

The 34-year-old would like to train them and teach them so that they can become full time mechanics. In the near future he would anticipate to take on more apprentices providing his business allows him too.