This National Apprenticeship Week, The Vella Group are celebrating their apprentices and offering prospective students a deeper look into life as an apprentice, and where you can go with your qualification.
The Group currently employs 35 Multi-Skill Accident Repair apprentices and runs yearly recruitment campaigns to take on additional apprentices across their eleven sites every autumn.
With a long history of apprenticeship success, including their very own Executive Chairman, Karl Vella, being awarded his MBE for services to training and apprenticeships.
Kicking off the week, the Group spoke to Catherine Short, a recently graduated Multi-Skill Apprentice who is now training to become a Senior MET Technician. Catherine said, "I got into this apprenticeship through the AutoRaise academy, and it was something I was very interested in. I have an interest in cars and like to work practically, so it felt like a great way to get into a job I both enjoy and am constantly learning on.
"During my time on my apprenticeship, I've learnt all areas of vehicle repair and I've had a lot of fun doing it in the process. The Group are very good to work for, and everyone I've worked with is very nice and helpful."
As well as their ready to graduate apprentices, The Vella Group recently employed over 20 new apprentices who are now six months into their roles. Peter Farnworth, Technical Trainer, spoke about why apprentices are needed in the industry.
"There is a skill shortage in the industry, and that's why we've gone to the route of training and retaining our own apprentices. We've got a diverse range of young people, ranging from 16 to 28-year-olds, both male and female, which adds new skills to our workforce.
"A huge part of the industry's development includes digital and technological expansion, and our young people tend to be more digitally-savvy and able to teach our more experienced members of staff how to incorporate these into their current practices."
To follow The Vella Group's National Apprenticeship Week activities, keep in touch via their social media (@thevellagroupuk).