(PRWEB UK) 18 March 2013
As the sixth National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close Halfords Autocentres is celebrating the quality and capability of young talent joining the automotive repair and maintenance industry.
As well as crowning its own Apprentice of the Year, the leading independent garage business has revealed plans to hire 85 more apprentices over the next two years – reaffirming its position as the largest aftermarket apprentice programme in the UK.
Over 1,000 young technicians have graduated from Halfords Autocentres’ apprenticeship programme in the 20 years since it was established – during which time the average family car has changed almost beyond recognition as Operations Director Simon Benson explains.
“The pace of technological change within the automotive industry has seen advanced electronics, driver aids and safety systems become common place – which means that modern apprentices face fresh challenges and the training that they receive has had to evolve.
“Today our apprenticeship programme offers transferable skills, recognised qualifications and importantly guaranteed full time employment - with many apprentices rising through the ranks to become senior technicians or managers.”
Andrew Mead, from Huddersfield, won the coveted Apprentice of the Year trophy this year, after beating stiff competition from across the UK – all of whom had to diagnose a series of vehicular faults against the clock using the skills gained during their training.
In order to gain a place budding apprentices must apply via the Halfords Autocentres website, with the most promising then being invited to attend an assessment day at which their reading, writing, arithmetic and mechanical aptitude are evaluated. Those with the potential are then invited for an interview and undergo a one week trial within the business.
Each apprentice subsequently accepted onto the programme is appointed both a mentor and personal assessor who support them throughout the three year course – which comprises a combination of practical and theory work.
All apprentices that successfully complete the course graduate with an NVQ in Light Vehicle Technology as well as a technical certificate from the Institute of the Motor Industry.
Halfords Autocentres Operations Director Simon Benson added: “We serve over 750,000 customers every year and still maintain very high satisfaction levels - with more than 8 out of 10 people being happy to recommend us to friends.
“In a service industry like ours this performance is testament to the quality and expertise of our people and that begins with nurturing talent through our apprenticeship programme.”
Visit http://www.halfordsautocentres.com and click on the careers section for more information.
Stuart Humphreys, Automotive PR Manager
T: 01527 513410, E: stuart.humphreys(at)halfords(dot)co(dot)uk
About Halfords Autocentres
Halfords Autocentres is a leading independent car servicing, repair, tyre and MOT garage network. We employ highly trained ATA accredited technicians and use the latest in vehicle diagnostic equipment to deliver dealership quality work at affordable prices.
Being independent expert’s means that we are able to repair and maintain any make or model of car in line with the manufacturer’s standards, whilst offering a local price match promise and peace of mind in the form of a minimum guarantee of 12 months or 12,000 miles on work carried out. (See website for terms and conditions)
The Halfords Autocentres name may be a recent addition to our 276 centres, but our heritage spans more than three decades and we serve over 750,000 customers every year - with over 8 out of 10 of them being happy to recommend us to their friends.