Halfords groups up with Andy Palmer to get younger folks into the automobile trade -EAST AUTO NEWS

Halfords groups up with Andy Palmer to get younger folks into the automobile trade

Halfords goals to recruit round 100 new apprentices this 12 months, becoming a member of a workforce of two,200 throughout 600 garages. The UK presently has a scarcity of certified motor technicians, whereas even fewer are being educated to work on electrical automobiles.

The Palmer Basis, the charity arrange by Andy Palmer in 2020, might be working with colleges to establish deprived younger individuals who could also be appropriate for an automotive apprenticeship. The younger folks will then be interviewed by Halfords, which can then cowl the price of a two-year apprenticeship, which incorporates in the future per week in school, for all profitable candidates.

Apprenticeships will graduate with both a Degree Two or Degree Three qualification and Halfords hopes that they’ll at all times discover employment at Halfords as soon as the apprenticeships are accomplished.

The programme has received authorities assist with chancellor of the exchequer and former training secretary Nadhim Zahawi, who commented, “This can be a large win for the UK automotive sector, not solely bringing new expertise into the trade but additionally levelling the taking part in area for folks from a extra numerous vary of backgrounds. 

“Because the UK economic system motors ahead, we want proficient folks in crucial sectors like auto, and it’s nice to see Halfords and the Palmer Basis backing authorities efforts to increase apprenticeships and plug the abilities hole.” 

Andy Palmer mentioned, ““Once I left faculty at 16 with few {qualifications} to my identify, not many individuals anticipated I’d find yourself main a number of the most vital companies within the auto trade. I’ve solely been capable of get right here due to my apprenticeship, which have been a number of the greatest days of my life. 

“I hope that this partnership with Halfords permits the Palmer Basis to present the identical alternatives I had as a teen to many extra younger folks with out connections and a assist community round them. Who is aware of? Maybe we’ll have a future CEO or two amongst the primary consumption of the Palmer Apprentices.

“We have now a really outdated view of motor technicians on this nation. Most individuals nonetheless consider Phil Mitchell and Kevin Webster. It’s a extremely expert and more and more technical job nowadays, and lots of the most senior folks within the auto trade began out as apprentices, together with me.”

In the event you’re fascinated about an apprenticeship with Halfords, supported by the Palmer Basis, click on on the hyperlink under and point out the Palmer Basis in your software.


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