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Fix Auto Stevenage Joins AutoRaise Operational Board and Signs Two Apprentices to the Programme
Hannah Crick, Bodyshop Manager

Fix Auto Stevenage Joins AutoRaise Operational Board and Signs Two Apprentices to the Programme

10 December 2013

Fix Auto Stevenage is the latest bodyshop within the Fix Auto franchised network to announce its commitment to the AutoRaise bodyshop apprenticeship offered by Barking & Dagenham College.

The company is recruiting two new apprentices to join the programme in January and Hannah Crick, Bodyshop Manager has joined Chris Oliver, Fix Auto Dagenham and Peter Harris of Peter James Motor Co., as an employer representative on the AutoRaise Operational Board.

Hannah Crick said:

"This is an outstanding programme and I am delighted to play my part in its implementation. The enrolment of two of our own apprentices means that I can be involved on every level. It's a unique opportunity and I want to do everything that I can to encourage our industry to embrace everything that AutoRaise has to offer."

Fix Auto Stevenage has been working with local schools and involving its own staff to recruit two 16-18 year old apprentices keen to join a programme that allows them to fulfil their dream of working with cars, and to develop skills which will assure them of a solid career in the collision repair industry. Taking advantage of the full funding available for 16-18 year olds, one place has already been filled and the Business, Innovation and Enterprise team at Barking & Dagenham College is on stand-by to assist if Hannah requires additional support.

Having employed apprentices in the past, Fix Auto Stevenage had been considering investing in an apprenticeship programme for some time. It was the relevance of the AutoRaise programme and the opportunity for apprentices to qualify with senior ATAs in MET, Panel and Paint after two years, that encouraged the company to take action on its long-held commitment to investing in the talent of the future.

 Hannah said:

"The fact that AutoRaise has been developed by industry specialists and leads to the IMI-accredited Multi-Skill Diploma in Vehicle Collision Repair makes this a rare training opportunity that truly meets bodyshop needs,"

"The BSI Kitemark requires us to have technicians qualified to senior ATA standard on site at all times, so we need a pool of resource to satisfy this requirement."

The new apprentices will join the 28-strong Fix Auto Stevenage team and, given that the employer environment is key to success in any apprenticeship programme, they will be integrated into the company's existing staff development programme and will 'buddy-up' with members of the team over the course of the two years.

Hannah Crick summed up the opportunity:

"AutoRaise ticks all the boxes - training in all the key skill sets, the chance to bring 'fresh blood' into the industry and the right qualifications for our business. When I was invited to participate in the programme, I was delighted to accept. It really is a brilliant project which will mean a lot to the future of the industry."

The AutoRaise programme has been developed by Barking & Dagenham College, supported by the Skills Funding Agency under their Employer Ownership of Skills banner, under the chairmanship of Chris Oliver, the current Chair of the National Association of Bodyshops. It is recruiting now for the second cohort of apprentices which will commence in January 2014. Two training centre options are available in North London and Bristol.

For further information, tel: Keith Crossman or Robert Brooks on 020 8090 3020 or text keyword AutoRaise and your full name to 88020. The AutoRaise web site is www.bdc.ac.uk/autoraise.

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