College leavers see greater support through all-new Autotech Academy

Published:  11 February, 2021

The Autotech Group has launched a brand-new company division - Autotech Academy – which has been created to help newly college-qualified technicians to get on the automotive career ladder.

Gavin White, Autotech Group CEO, commented: “The Autotech Academy division supersedes the apprenticeship division. While complementing apprenticeship programmes running throughout the industry, Autotech Academy is set to provide an opportunity for college leavers, with a Level 1 to 3 automotive qualification, an opportunity to make the transition into full-time automotive employment within just six months through an internship programme.”

The launch of Autotech Academy is based on the fact that, approximately 10,000 Level 1 to 3 automotive students are lost to the industry every year after qualifying because they struggle to secure a role.

“Many take a job stacking shelves or working in fast food chains,” observed Gavin, “because they can earn more money, rather than take an apprenticeship position within an automotive business, as unlike apprentices, they have the theoretical knowledge, they just need the experience. Essentially, the industry cannot afford to lose this talent.”

Gavin added: “Autotech Academy will equip interns with their first toolbox, uniform, and safety workwear where applicable. They will also continually monitor the intern’s progress and provide ongoing technical training. This will either be delivered through a vehicle manufacturer’s own training facility, or through equivalent OEM standard training such as Bosch. Every intern will also be trained to Level 3 IMI Electric Vehicle accreditation.”

Garages that source an intern through the scheme will pay an hourly rate.  After six months, the employer can either decide to employ the intern on a full-time basis if they wish.

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