North Lindsey College and Just Car Clinics have joined forces to raise the talent levels of young technicians repairing cars in future; hopefully reaching young females as well as male recruits.
Just Car Clinics is the first Accident Repair Group to join the FOXY Lady Approved repairer network so we’re not at all surprised to see that they are the first to develop a pipeline of talent for their industry via their own Academy for future apprentices, from September 2014.
The Just Car Clinic Academy will be delivering an intensive two stage programme including a residential eight week course at North Lindsey College, followed by four weeks work experience at a local Just Car Clinic site. There’ll be c12 student placements, recruited across northern areas where a Just Car Clinic site is located. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day in August at North Lindsey College where they will be put through a number of aptitude, skill and knowledge based tests to win a place on the programme.
We hope female students will apply as these are jobs that can be done just as well by women as men.
Students will achieve a Level One qualification at the end of the 12 week programme before entering the work experience stage of the programme where they’ll start to contribute to the business.
During the initial 12 week programme successful candidates will be full-time students with training provided thanks to a combination of government funding and North Lindsey College. All travel, any accommodation and related living costs during the residential period are paid for by Just Car Clinics.
At the end of the 12 weeks there will be a number of apprenticeships made available at Just Car Clinics so students can learn whilst they earn. Mentors will work with the students, in the business, and receive specialist training from North Lindsey College to support the students.
Just Car Clinics is a founding member of the National Accident Repair Group (NARG) and the plan is to open up this academy to benefit NARG members.
We asked Dawn Swales, HR & training manager for Just Car Clinics to tell us more.
‘The creation of the Just Car Clinic Academy is really exciting. We’re passionate about investing in our future generation and working with North Lindsey College provides us with an amazing opportunity to do this. The programme offered by the Academy is like nothing else out there. Our students will leave the programme after as little as 12 weeks having the knowledge and skills to contribute in any bodyshop, and will be ready to commence their Level Two qualifications at that stage.’
We are encouraged by this development too and hope that anyone reading this blog will pass this on to a likely female near a northern Just Car Clinics branch who might harbour ideas of a creative career in the motor industry but not be sure how to take this further. Here is her chance…