Halfords apprenticeship scheme rolls out in North East

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Apprentice Aaron Ditchburn at work alongside Dave Nichols (centre) of Halfords Autocentres and Ivan Jepson (right) of Gateshead College

The Halfords apprenticeship scheme has selected Gateshead College to deliver the programme in the North East.

Halfords Autocentres, one of the UK’s best-known vehicle servicing and repair firms, is launching an apprenticeship programme with eight colleges around the UK.

The Halfords apprenticeship will last two years and is recognised by the Institute of the Motor Industry. Apprentices will progress onto a level 3 qualification that covers vehicle maintenance and diagnostics, customer service, and hybrid technology.

Around 70 apprentices have enrolled onto the scheme, including eight with Gateshead College in the North East. Students will spend one day per week at the college’s Skills Academy and four days at Halfords Autocentres around the region.

Dave Nichols, Halfords’ apprenticeship and trainee relationship advisor, said: “I started my career as an apprentice and have worked my way up at Halfords Autocentres, so I can personally say that our apprenticeship programmes work. For this new programme, we’ll be training our apprentices to an industry-defined standard, ensuring we get the skills we need to make our business even more successful.

“Gateshead College was the ideal choice to deliver the training in the North East of England. Their outstanding Ofsted rating, excellent facilities and ability to understand the needs of our business all stood out when we were choosing someone to partner with.”

Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Halfords Autocentres on the roll-out of their national programme. It provides a fantastic opportunity for young people in our region to gain new skills and start their careers with a leading organisation that really value apprenticeships.”

Aaron Ditchburn recently started his apprenticeship at Halfords’ Gateshead autocentre.

He said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for me to start my career as a motor vehicle technician. I’m not only working towards a qualification but I’m also gaining valuable on the job training with Halfords.”

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