Demonstrating our commitment to developing young people, Autotech Group is celebrating this year's National Apprenticeship Week with a focus on our current apprentices and announcing our latest apprentice recruitment.
Autotech Group has a long history of creating opportunities for young talent. From the launch of our Autotech Academy division, which sees newly qualified vehicle technicians enter the automotive aftermarket through a paid internship initiative, to the employment of apprentices within our Milton Keynes head office.
In 2023 Autotech Group welcomed Alex Robinson as a Marketing Executive Apprentice. Just last month, our former apprentice recruit, Piers Ovenden (now a Marketing Executive), completed his Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship and is now embarking upon a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship at Aston University, which is being fully supported by Autotech Group.
In January 2024, the company also employed our latest apprentice, Ivan Zabolotnyy, who joined Autotech Training as an Admin & Sales Apprentice – a first for our Training division.
“We are committed to creating opportunities for young people within the aftermarket,” comments Autotech Group CEO, Simon King. “Our Academy division is a testament to this, as it has created a new approach in the appointment of young talent into the industry, one which complements apprenticeship programmes.”
“We are advocates of ‘grow your own talent'. It’s something we promote through Autotech Academy, and we demonstrate this belief through our internal apprenticeship appointments. Autotech Group is continually growing and bringing young people into the business will remain a fundamental part of the ongoing growth strategy. It is truly fantastic to see our apprentices inspired by the passion of the wider team and see this take root within them. They are the future of the company.”
Being able to connect with experienced individuals who can guide and mentor, was one of the reasons why Ivan took the apprenticeship route: “I chose an apprenticeship because I liked the idea of being able to learn whilst simultaneously gaining vital industry experience and also the opportunity to earn during the course. An apprenticeship was right for me since I prefer learning by doing rather than being in a classroom environment.”
For Alex, who achieved two As and one A* in his A-levels, university didn’t hold much appeal and, once he had chosen the path of marketing, the lure of being debt-free and financially independent took him down the apprenticeship route: “I learn better by doing rather than listening to lectures and reading from a book. As an apprentice, I get qualifications, years of genuine work experience, and a salary – it seemed like a no-brainer to me. I also think it’s important to get into the industry early and learn those skills.”
Piers adds: “I chose to go down the apprenticeship route as I believed that getting hands-on experience whilst learning was the perfect balance for me. This apprenticeship has provided me with the best starting point in my career.”
“The most challenging part of my apprenticeship was balancing my studies. However, the company gave me dedicated time to focus on my college work. To Autotech Group, you are not viewed as an apprentice. It’s simply just a title. Right from the start I was made to feel like a fully-fledged member of the team.”