Three’s the magic number for apprentice showcase!

Three’s the magic number for apprentice showcase!

THE Fix Auto Mid Devon team are hailing their AutoRaise Apprenticeship Showcase a great success.

Held last Saturday, it aimed to encourage much-needed youngsters interested in the motor trade to get hands-on experience.

Louise Woolacott, director of the Crediton-based body repair shop, said: ‘The feedback from suppliers, staff and students has been incredible. We have three students who have already asked to be considered for future apprenticeships and many more who we will continue to stay in dialogue with as they progress through their secondary school education.

‘Our staff and amazing suppliers are already asking for us to hold another event next year.’

Young people, their families, teachers and local dignitaries were welcomed for a morning or afternoon session, with a free barbecue lunch courtesy of her husband, chef Kevin Woolacott, who co-owns Fix Auto Mid Devon and came out of retirement for the day.

The students each took home a goody bag stuffed with merchandise from the body shop’s suppliers and there were prizes on offer, too, including a £100 Argos voucher for the student who showed the most promise in the spray booth and a £50 Amazon voucher awarded to the person who got closest to the estimated cost of repairing a vehicle on the Audatex stand.

It was the latest in a series of showcase events organised with charity AutoRaise to attract young people into an industry suffering from a severe shortage of skilled staff – Panel & Paint Magazine in Australia even shared one of Fix Auto Mid Devon’s Facebook posts during the event, commenting that this initiative was needed there, too.

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