This week is National Apprenticeship Week and what better way to recognise our commitment to developing and investing in young talent than introducing you to the latest intake into our Training & Apprenticeship Academy and sharing what they have been up to since joining AW Repair Group.
These ten students joined us in January, following the successful Showcase Event held at our purpose designed LV= solus site in Derby in November 2018. Their multiskilled college course is due to commence in two weeks at Emtec College, Nottingham.
The year one apprentices have been partnered with a skilled technician mentor and have had a rounded view of the whole repair process ahead of attending college. Each apprentice has been stripping cars ready for repair, removing items such as bumpers, interior trims, diagnostic sweep, wheel alignment and some light panel work.
The youngest apprentice in this year’s intake is 17 year old Thomas and the oldest is 23 year old Jamie. We also have 19 year old Artur, whose native tongue is Polish and 21 year old female apprentice technician Summer.
It’s an absolute pleasure speaking with our latest apprentices who are all grasping the opportunities before them and enjoying being part of the AW team.
One commented: “I’ve never felt like I ever fitted in anywhere. That made school difficult. But already I feel like I have a purpose here at AW and part of a team where I can make a difference and feel valued.”
Our year two students are also becoming an integral part of the AW team carrying out moderate repairs independently such as doorskin and quarter panel replacement. All eight passed their year one with flying colours and and are looking forward to the next stage in their career development.