Unipart Automotive Launches Apprentice Scheme
In the wake of Gordon Brown’s announcement to increase the number of apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds, Unipart Automotive is launching an apprentice scheme across its Unipart Car Care Centre network from September 2009. Funded by the Learning & Skills Council, the programme will enable apprentices to benefit from skills training and continuous professional development, ensuring motorists receive the highest standards of service from the independent garage sector.
The three-year training course will provide successful students with both ATA and NVQ Level 3 qualifications. Apprentices will go through a strict selection process to ensure the most promising candidates are selected. In addition to the structured programme, those who are chosen for the Unipart course will also learn about the importance of using OE matching quality parts, garage accreditation and customer service, as well as elements of the industry renowned Unipart Way to give them tools to help with the day to day running of a workshop. With on-the-job training at Unipart Car Care Centres, the apprentices will be provided with Unipart-branded clothing, protective equipment and specific tools along the way.
Apprentices on this programme will receive up to 20 weeks of training at a world-class training facility in the UK and the following qualifications will be available for assessment:
ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) service and maintenance technician; ATA qualification in air conditioning; NVQ Level 2 (end of year 2) and NVQ Level 3 (end of year 3).
Commenting on the launch, Wendy Williamson, Marketing Director of Unipart Automotive, said: “At Unipart, we recognise the importance of training and development within the industry in order to maintain high standards and build consumer trust. With the opportunities out there to gain new customers, the independent garage sector needs to make sure they differentiate themselves from the competition. By taking part in this scheme, they can prove their commitment to training and continuous improvement, which will strengthen their proposition to the consumer.
“I believe the unique aspects of Unipart’s apprentice scheme offer an attractive proposition to promising school leavers. We are proud to help launch the careers of future technicians in the independent sector.”