Servicesure releases apprentice numbers

The Parts Alliance scheme supports National Apprentice Week

Published:  03 March, 2014

Servicesure has revealed that over 100 apprentices have qualified as light vehicle technician through the garage scheme's apprenticeship program.

Since launching the scheme in 2007, 113 apprentices have qualified, new figures released to mark the start of National Apprentice Week have revealed. The move is hoped to inspire more independent garages to embrace the hiring of apprentices.

Julian Lloyd, Managing Director of ProVQ Ltd, training provider for The Parts Alliance, which runs the Servicesure Autocentres garage network comments: "Increasing numbers of young people are choosing to earn while they learn and the quality of applicants has risen significantly. We look for applicants with strong numeracy and English skills because they will need to use technology to diagnose faults and to understand graphs and data. The industry has moved on from its old 'oily rag' image and the focus is very much on technology."

The news comes after a detailed report released by the IMI concluded that employers taking on an apprentice could see a return on investment of up to 300%.

The Parts Alliance partner on the apprenticeship scheme, ProVQ, delivers the Government-backed apprenticeship training scheme at a dedicated automotive training centre in Shropshire, to develop skilled apprentices who contribute fully to the profitability of workshops.

The block release programme of 24 weeks over 36 months, sees the apprentices go on two-week residential training every 10-11 weeks. Thirty apprentices are currently on the programme and eight are being recruited to fill additional vacancies.

Julian said: "We have seen a big rise in the number of applications for apprenticeships nationally and the quality of applicants is significantly higher too. We know garages have seen the benefits of well trained technicians who learn company best practice and culture from the start of their training.

"It does mean employers need to consider the longer term option, but it is worth it because investing in young people is good for individual businesses and the industry as a whole."

Mike Smallbone, National Garage Programme Manager for The Parts Alliance, said: "We have embraced apprenticeships because it is about future proofing skills and future proofing the industry. Attracting and training young people is the lifeblood of our industry.

"The technicians completing these training programmes have so much to offer which is why we encourage garages to take part in the scheme and invest in the future."

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