Arnold Clark has opened the application process to applicants keen to enter the automotive sector through one of 300 new apprentices vacancies with the group.
The apprenticeship programme offers anyone over 16 years old the opportunity to learn skills and gain a recognised qualification.
All apprentices will receive training at an Arnold Clark site, and some will also attend a number of week-long visits at one of the Group’s GTG training centres.
After gaining their qualifications, apprentices have the opportunity to grow their skills further and develop their career.
Arnold Clark currently employs 903 apprentices, with 91% of them going onto a full-time position with the Group.
Arnold Clark’s chief executive and group managing director, Eddie Hawthorne, said: “Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of Arnold Clark and they 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.”
While many of the apprenticeships offered are in traditional motor-trade roles such as technicians, spray painters, body repairers and parts advisors, there are also opportunities for apprentices in roles such as IT, engineering, customer service and business admin.
Third Year apprentice technician, Irahim Nselenya, said: “I’ve always been interested in cars so I couldn’t wait to start my apprenticeship. I’ve been supported throughout my journey by my peers, trainers and mentors. If you’re thinking about applying, I would say go for it. Many doors have been opened for me as a result of my apprenticeship.”
Coral McKissack is now a fully qualified technician working at Arnold Clark. She said: “I would tell anyone considering an apprenticeship that it is worth the time and effort you put in. It's not easy and can be very demanding at times, however, it is a hugely rewarding job.
"Even after your apprenticeship ends, the company is very supportive with progression and as long as you are willing to put in the effort, you’ll go far in this industry.”
Candidates should have, or should be currently studying for Standard Grades (1–4), National Grade (4/5) or GSCE (A–C) in subjects relating to the apprenticeship.
Pictued: The Group's apprentcice intake from 2018