SIX new apprentices are geared up and ready to launch their new career with AW Repair Group this month.
In partnership with AutoRaise and Emtec Training, the engaging and inspired youngsters will be donning their corporate blue and orange uniform across the group’s five sites.
Harvey, Charlie, Jack, Ryan, Joshua and Leon follow in the footsteps of Georgie, Kane and Joe who are now Year Two and Three apprentices with AW Repair Group.
The 16-19 year olds will be training in a variety of panel, paint and MET roles as well as the new multi-skilled apprenticeship trailblazed by AutoRaise and now government approved.
AutoRaise are a charity dedicated to improving the industry skills shortage and have a single, focused purpose: to promote the industry as a sustainable, attractive and rewarding place to work. They aim to bring new blood into the industry, specifically engaging young people aged between 13 and 24, and to help employers nurture their Apprentices into qualified talent – the future owners, managers and leaders in our industry.
Bob Linwood, CEO of AutoRaise, said “Andrew, James, Jade and the AW team have really grabbed hold of the whole apprenticeship opportunity and it feels great that AutoRaise helped stimulate some of this initiative. We all felt that an Autumn Showcase Event would be good but as it turns out, AW have been able to create a fresh cohort of motivated young people to join the group as apprentices. It’s the latest indication of the impact AutoRaise are having on the industry’s skills shortage”.
The apprentices will receive a branded roll cabinet and top box starter pack including essential beginner tools, certification folder, personnel handbook, USB drive and an AW notepad within a satchel during their induction at AW.
Following a minimum 4 weeks employment, an Emtec assessor will visit the site and meet the manager and apprentice ahead of college training dates being confirmed.
Jade Johnson, AW Repair Group’s Business Development, Marketing and Communications said: “We have formed relationships with schools and colleges across the regions ready for next year’s intake with a growing list of interested young people.
“As we have already filled our available places this year we will be working with AutoRaise to hold an event in March 2018.”