TEN is the magic number

TEN new apprentices are now geared up ready to start their career with AW Repair Group.

Following the success of AW’s Apprentice Showcase Event in November, ten eager youngsters who attended the event have now been appointed and started on their apprenticeship journey.

The new recruits who, had been at their posts for just five days, recently gathered together to enjoy an introduction day at AW’s Nottingham site. They were able to meet each other, talk to last year’s apprentices and were introduced to the company’s ethos and philosophies by Managing Director Andrew Walsh.

“Key to key, cycle time and average repair cost are phrases you will come to hear frequently,” Andrew told the young people. “We spend the insurance company’s money for them so we have to spend it wisely. Our brand is well known and we protect it; we are proud of what we do and what we have achieved. You have been chosen to join the AW Apprentice Academy, it will be like joining a new big family, and given a great opportunity. Now it’s over to you.”

Ian Pearson, who will be administratively mentoring the apprentices within AW added: “You have been given tablets to record and evidence your progress and you will be creating a portfolio for each module. There’s a lot of change in this industry, we are now entering the hybrid era, with lots of opportunity and you have a great future here.”

Jake, Artur, Summer, Thomas, Jamie, Bradleigh, Hegert, Owen, Declan and Jacob will be working across the group’s 8 sites and follow on from the 2018 apprentice intake boosting AW’s Training and Apprenticeship Academy to 19 recruits.

The young people each received their corporate blue and orange uniform, personnel handbook and electronic tablet, AW branded satchel, plus the added bonus of tooling vouchers to get their beginner toolbox started.

James Dunn, Group Operations Manager for AW Repair Group: “It’s encouraging to see how many young people are interested in the vehicle repair industry, we have some really engaging and inspiring young people with us who are eager to learn and ultimately repair cars. Having provided each apprentice with a senior technician as their hands-on mentor, we are giving them all the support and guidance they need in order to succeed.”

The 18-20 year olds will be completing their multi-skilled apprenticeship at Emtec College, Nottingham, where they will have their own independent AW class, learning the disciplines of panel, paint and MET. The three-year course incorporates six 1-week training block release classes per year where the apprentices will learn elements of MET (Mechanical, Electrical & Trim) initially, followed by panel and finally paint.

“We invest in our apprentices and provide them with all the support they need to make it work and we are really looking forward to watching their careers progress and grow with AW and taking forward all the opportunities that arise,” added Andrew.