PPG support AW Apprentices

 

In November eight of our current apprentices who are following the multi-skilled apprenticeship route attended PPG training centre in Stowmarket for a two-day hands-on paint experience.

Our apprentices who range from 17-20 all found the day thoroughly enjoyable and all had great feedback from their experience.

“The day at PPG was great, we were allowed to manipulate the paint process by applying too much and not enough which really helped us see how to do it properly” said Charlie, year two apprentice at AW Nottingham.

The PPG technical team moved through topics such as how is paint made and the PPG Core Product list to help our apprentices understand the background and why certain processes are in place.

Plenty of practicals took place over the two days including; sanding of panels and understanding the correct application of filler to ease the primer application, preparation of panels for the application of Basecoat and Clearcoat, masking and blending techniques and the hardest of them all, three stage pearl application.

Josh, year two apprentice at AW Newark commented: “This experience really has opened my eyes to the world of paint, I was really enjoying the panel aspects but I already can’t wait to get into the paint shop back at Newark to see what else I can do.”

A huge thank you to PPG for hosting our apprentices over those 2 days.

Working in partnership with Ben

 

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Ben, the independent charity which is dedicated to providing life-changing care and support services to the people working in the automotive industry. Not only can this support you, but your family dependents also.

What Ben do
Ben provides information, advice, guidance and managed referrals (where appropriate) to their partner organisations which include debt advisors and mental health charities. Funding may also be provided for counselling, home adaptions or short breaks for families dealing with life-limiting or terminal illness and immediate help for those in crisis.

What is Ben
Ben is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents. The charity focus on the four main pillars of peoples’ health and wellbeing: financial, physical, mental and social.

Who Ben help
Everyone who currently works or has in the past worked in the automotive industry can access their confidential, free support services for themselves and their family dependents. Their depth of knowledge and holistic approach helps protect the automotive industry’s most valuable asset – its people.

Most recently we supported ‘HatsOn4Ben’ where we put on some fancy hats to raise the profile of the charity.

Click here to view Ben’s website

 


 

 

Dynamic video captures AW’s buzzing Apprentice Showcase

AW Repair Group has released a dynamic video of highlights from their recent Apprentice Showcase.

The company welcomed more than 100 people who enjoyed a fully immersive and hands on experience of a modern high tech bodyshop.

Hopeful apprentices, including four young women, tried their hand at paint spraying, filler application, virtual welding, spot welding and sanding.

“It was a superbly successful event,” said Managing Director Andrew Walsh. “We have already progressed 14 young people to the next stage of one-to-one interviews. It was great to see our current year one apprentices demonstrating their skills and I was so impressed with how they articulately shared their enthusiasm for their job and the industry with our visitors.”

The showcase, supported by AutoRaise, BEN, LV=GI, Emtec College and numerous supply partners, was held at the group’s latest site in Derby with some keen youngsters travelling from the furthest site in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Bob Linwood, CEO of AutoRaise, said: “This is a unique way to show how the modern bodyshop operates. This particular event has been well organised and the young people are engaged and focussed and see the benefits of an apprenticeship, earning while they learn, and can see the bodyshop industry is a career for life.”

Added James Dunn, Group Operations Manager: “Hopefuls had pre-registered for either the morning or afternoon session and rotated through the demonstrations and experiences but by lunchtime they were so enthused by what was on offer the morning attendees wanted to stay for longer!

“Each group was chaperoned by AW volunteers from across the whole group and a variety of job roles to ensure everyone’s questions were answered fully.”

Jade Johnson, AW Business Relations: “We can’t thank all the supply partners enough for their support – PPG, LKQ, Upol, Accident Exchange, Soper of Lincoln, Car-o-Liner, PowerTec, Stanners – the demonstrations were informative, hands on and really engaged the young people. The smiles on their faces say it all – the whole place was buzzing.”

The Apprentice Showcase video can be viewed on our YouTube channel by clicking here