FIX AUTO LOUGHBOROUGH welcomed 23 students and their parents, 13 suppliers and two training providers to its bodyshop for an industry showcase event.
Supported by two schools – De Lisle College and Woodbrook Vale – the team at Fix Auto Loughborough opened the doors to potential apprentices to attract and educate future technician talent.
Supported by 13 proactive suppliers, the Fix Auto Loughborough team provided a ‘hands-on’ experience for guests with live demonstrations, technical information and competition prizes to encourage engagement.
A demonstration by Fix Auto Loughborough mechanic Richard Myers proved popular, with students allowed to sit in a vehicle and use the diagnostic equipment themselves, while an estimating demonstration by senior estimator Dave Bush received a lot of attention – everyone took the ‘Guesstimate’ competition seriously as the prize was a weekend break in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands.
Each student received goodie bags that they filled with phone cases, hand warmers, pens, key rings, thermal travel mugs, stationery and energy drinks – courtesy of supplier representatives – and plenty of information.
Fix Auto Loughborough owner Paul Smith said: ‘We were extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and calibre of candidates who came along to ensure our first AutoRaise apprentice event was a great success.
‘The candidates who attended from local schools and colleges were all inquisitive and really threw themselves into the event by taking part in the demonstrations provided by our suppliers and staff, who I must thank for giving up their time to support us.
‘Who knows what the future will bring? But I’m hopeful we will be able to recruit a candidate or two into our team and provide them with a great future with us and within our exciting industry.’
Tom Hadfield, Fix Auto UK’s head of marketing, said: ‘Paul and his team did a brilliant job in becoming the first Fix Auto bodyshop to host an AutoRaise industry showcase. As an AutoRaise Platinum Partner, it was fantastic seeing how enthusiastic and engaged all the young people and their parents were when given the opportunity to try out the technical aspects of our industry.’
Bob Linwood, chief executive of the vehicle repair industry charity AutoRaise, said: ‘AutoRaise were delighted to instigate this event and support the Fix Auto Loughborough team in their engagement with the local schools.
‘Paul and his team created a great environment and the young attendees and their parents really appreciated the opportunity to run the rule over our industry as a viable career destination for the future.’
Pictured at top are some of the students who attended the AutoRaise Industry Awareness event at Fix Auto Fix & Go Loughborough with business owner Paul Smith, left, and AutoRaise chief executive Bob Linwood
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