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Automotive Trailblazer Group Revs Up

Automotive Trailblazer Group Revs Up

30 January 2017

The first ever apprentices on the brand new Automotive Trailblazer scheme have kick started their career with support from Remit Training.

The group of eight, which includes young men and women from across the country, have begun their apprenticeships with various motor industry employers, and have now completed their first block of training at Remit’s dedicated training facility in Rearsby, Leicestershire.

The Vehicle Service and Maintenance (Light Vehicle) Technician Apprenticeship Standard has been created by a ‘Trailblazer’ group of industry professionals. They collectively developed a range of technical and behavioural standards, based on what they as employers expect to see from an apprentice.

Remit has developed a programme to meet the requirements of the new standard. The apprenticeship will be delivered through a combination of 15 residential training blocks, online learning through Remit’s virtual learning environment and in-company support visits from one of Remit’s Apprentice Development Coaches. The apprentice and their employer mentor will also use an e-logbook to track practical competence in the workplace.

Like all the new apprenticeship standards being developed across the country, the assessment of competence, leading to final certification, will be carried out through independent end assessments, which include practical tests and examinations.

Mick Pilling, Remit’s Automotive Development Director, said: “It’s great to have our first group of employers and apprentices on board. From Gloucester to York, Manchester to Hastings, we’re delighted to be working with IGA members from across the country, giving apprentices the chance to be a part of a new range of standards, which we are confident will meet the business needs of automotive employers.

“The first group has already had a successful week’s block training at our dedicated training facility in Rearsby. We’re looking forward to working alongside our Trailblazer employers to ensure the programme we have designed is working for their businesses as well as delivering on the apprentices’ personal learning goals.”

Each of those apprentices taking part in the first training block were asked for their feedback on the training and the start of their Trailblazer apprenticeship. Here’s just a few examples:

Charlie Dunn – Jim Steel Garage Services, Beeston, Nottingham

“I think that our tutor is great because he helps us with everything we need help with and he checks up on us to make sure we are okay, even if we don’t shout him. He is very interactive with the whole group, which means we all get a good learning experience. By the looks of how it is going, I think I’m going to learn loads here.”

Jordan Wood – Brinsley Garage, Nottinghamshire

“The work we carried out throughout the week was very educational. The training venue is good, everything we needed to complete the tasks was on hand, and all tools were in usable condition.”

Brandon Harper – Station Garage, Flaxton, York

“My tutor was friendly and this made me more confident to ask questions if I was stuck.”

For more information on Remit’s Trailblazer programme, please contact Remit on 0115 975 9550, email: info@remit.co.uk or visit the website: www.remit.co.uk.