AUTORAISE is moving into North West England to continue its quest to help the vehicle repair industry in its skills crisis.
The charity is linking up with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B & FC) to deliver training for apprentices in partnership with The Vella Group repair firm, who have committed to taking on 10 new trainees across its five sites.
The Vella Group recently announced its rebrand and commitment to invest in the growth and development of the business. This apprenticeship programme is a key component in their plans.
Bob Linwood, CEO of AutoRaise, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to get involved with this partnership and it gives us the perfect platform to help more repairers in the North West. We have been planning this partnership with the management team of The Vella Group for a while now, and with the college committing to take an active role in the partnership by delivering on the new standard through a block release programme, we are good to go!’
AutoRaise will be hosting three events, one at each of The Vella Groups Workington, Preston and Chester sites on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July respectively. These events will be supported by the group’s supplier and business partners of both the Vella Group and AutoRaise.
Linwood said: The events will be unique in many ways; our audiences will consist of local repairers, other industry organisations who have a vested interest in helping address the skills shortage plus local schools, colleges, career advice organisations, council education contacts and hopefully some young people who are interested in joining our industry as an apprentice. It’s a fantastic opportunity to start the process of helping repairers in the North West address their own skills crisis and our plan is to create similar initiatives in other regions around the country.’
Karl Vella MBE, managing director of The Vella Group, commented: ‘We are very excited to be part of this initiative. With a history of involvement in training, we are looking forward to opening our doors and working with all our industry partners to engage and encourage motivated and enthusiastic youngsters to take their first steps in their apprenticeships.’
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