Bosch open apprenticeship scheme

New recruits to be placed across the BCS network

Published:  04 October, 2013

INDUSTRIAL giant Bosch has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in its automotive aftermarket division.

Launched this week, the scheme sees nine school leavers undertake a residential training course at the firm's recently-opened skills centre in Uxbridge. The apprentices will then go to work in different garages in the Bosch Car Service network.

The organisation has not taken on apprentices as a matter of policy for many years, but managers said that the new training facilities coupled with government incentives mean it is now feasible. The plan is to increase numbers next year.  Candidates will recive hands-on training in all aspects of vehicle repair and diagnosis, including hybrid and EV maintenance, 3D wheel alignment and oscilloscope work.

Speaking on the apprentices' first day, Grant Taylor-Smith, a technical services manager for the firm said: "The automotive industry is certainly a vibrant place to be involved in and with automotive technology moving along at the pace that it is, there are very few other areas of industry where you are going to be right at the cutting edge of change."

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