ARNOLD CLARK is welcoming 400 apprentices, with the first intake of almost 150 starting in Scotland this week.
Its programme offers school leavers over 16 the chance to learn skills and gain a recognised qualification. All apprentices will receive training as they work at one of Arnold Clark’s sites under the supervision of highly qualified mentors.
Most will also attend week-long training blocks at an Arnold Clark industry-accredited GTG training centre. After gaining their qualifications, apprentices can expand their skills further and develop their career. Arnold Clark currently employs 835 apprentices, with 91 per cent of them going on to a full-time position with the group.
While many of the apprenticeships offered are for traditional motor trade roles such as technicians, spray painters, body repairers and parts advisers, there are also opportunities in roles such as IT, engineering, customer service and business admin.
Eddie Hawthorne, chief executive and group managing director, said: ‘Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of Arnold Clark and provide us with young talent to drive our business forward and help meet the needs of our customers.
‘We know young people could attend college, university or some other form of further education, but it’s not for everyone. Apprenticeships allow young people to start on a career path from day one and earn while they learn.’
Suzanne Sherry, Arnold Clark early careers manager, said: ‘This year, Arnold Clark is welcoming more apprentices than ever before and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to begin a career in the automotive sector.
‘It can be a huge change for these young people but we give them everything that they need to succeed, with expert training and mentoring every step of the way. We’re proud of our track record of helping apprentices go on to a successful career, both at Arnold Clark and within the wider industry.’
The rest of the new crop of apprentices will start in Scotland and England over the next month.
Pictured at top is the Edinburgh intake of Arnold Clark apprentices