AW support National Apprenticeship Week 2020

We currently have 14 apprentices across our network of seven accident repair centres and two fast finish centres, with an additional intake planned for 2020.

The seven apprentices that joined AW to start their career journey in 2017 are due to graduate as multi-skilled repair technicians later this year. Each apprentice has an idea of the way they’d like to go, as you’ll see from the below interviews.

View our apprentice showcase video here:

Meet our apprentices:

Name: Will

Started: February 2018

Site: Sleaford, Prestige Centre

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the problem solving such wiring issues and continuity checks.

Is there one skill you prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I enjoy all of the skills but MET and panel is my favourite. That being said it’s good to have the all-round knowledge skills to understand the job as a whole.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
The first time I complete a job from start to finish and not just an element gives great job satisfaction.I also took part in the 2019 AutoRaise REAL Rally after working on our Rally car, that was a great achievement.

 

 

Name: Ryan

Started: April 2017

Site: Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds (transferred from Denaby)

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Earning money whilst learning a trade, bettering myself to gain a career.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I enjoy Panel the most but find that learning about other departments is really helpful.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?  
Fitting a rear quarter panel on my own, I felt I had really achieved something.

 

 

Name: Declan

Started: January 2019

Site: Derby LV=

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Learning a trade which I have been interested in for a long time.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer mechanical side but do enjoy learning all the other areas.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
I’m really proud of the improvement I have made in the year I have been with AW.

 

 

Name: Owen

Started: January 2019

Site: Derby Fast Finish

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Learning to work on all different vehicles and every job is different.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer panel out of all the areas.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
I’m really happy with the progression I have made.

 


Name: Charlie

Started: November 2017

Site: Nottingham

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the hands on training and working with fully skilled technicians who share their best practice.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I enjoy all aspects of my apprenticeship, but MET and mechanical work is my favourite.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
Carrying complete strip and rebuild of multiple different vehicles and seeing the journey from a damaged car to a completed car.

 

Name: Jacob

Started: January 2019

Site: Derby LV=

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the people I work with and environment I work in.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer the painting aspect of the whole repair process.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
Learning how to paint a panel to a good finish gives me great satisfaction.

 

 

Name: Hegert

Started: January 2019

Site: Nottingham

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy being able to learn a trade that I can have a career in whilst being paid.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I’m currently learning all aspects of vehicle body repair.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
All the knowledge I’ve gained is invaluable, but being presented with an award at an industry event was special.

 

 

Name: Summer

Started: January 2019

Site: Denaby LV=

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Job satisfaction after carrying out a repair.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer MET & panel over prep & paint really.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
Doing a lot of my own jobs from start to finish (except painting them) after just 1 year.

 

 


Name:
Jack

Started: July 2017

Site: Denaby

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the fact I can learn something new every day.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer prep & paint over the other areas.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
I have managed to prep & paint a bumper who no help, which I was proud of.

 

Name: Jamie

Started: January 2019

Site: Newark

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy that every skill you gain is at a professional level.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I enjoy being multiskilled as you cover everything, whether it be paint, MET or panel repairs.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
I would say my proudest moment was when I prepped, primed and painted a bumper which came out at a professional level.

 

 


Name: Harvey

Started: November 2017

Site: Nottingham

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy being able to work in a workshop environment.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I really enjoy paint!

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
Being able to paint a full side of a car and painting complex colours such as 3 stage pearls.

 

Name: Leon

Started: November 2017

 

Site: Markham Vale

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I am enjoying learning the multi-skilled element of the apprenticeship and I’m looking forward to being a fully qualified multiskilled technician. I also enjoy being a part of the Markham Vale team

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer the panel and MET elements of the job, but do enjoy the multiskilled side as well.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
My biggest achievement is passing my British standard welding examination and also winning the most improved apprentice at the BRIAA’s in 2019.

 


Name: Josh

Started: November 2017

Site: Newark

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
Variety of working on different cars and no day being the same.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer the panel side the most.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
When I achieved Apprentice of the Year 2019!

 

Name: Thomas

Started: January 2019

Site: Denaby

What is it you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoy the challenge of doing certain jobs on my own.

Is there one skill you are prefer, or do you enjoy being multi-skilled?
I prefer MET over the other areas of the multi-skilled technician role.

What’s your biggest achievement / What are you most proud of during your time with AW?
I have carried out a large repair using minimal filler from start to finish – apart from the paint aspect, it was great to see that completed!