Arnold Clark and The Prince’s Trust are celebrating five years of helping potential mechanics through their joint programmes ‘Get into Car Mechanics’. This car mechanics programme is a short course designed to give young people the skills and confidence to embark in the industry of mechanics. The programme is extremely successful and to date 98% of students have being offered employment at an Arnold Clark dealership.
Arnold Clark have a purpose built training centre in Glasgow, the initial training starts here which includes learning about basic vehicle maintenance, tyre fitting and valeting. All eight students have been offered apprenticeships at their local Arnold Clark Service department and have celebrated their success at and end of year ceremony.
Sir Arnold Clark, Chairman of the Arnold Clark Group said “yet another group of ambitious and hard working young people have passed through the Get into Car Mechanics programme and have impressed me incredibly. As such, I am delighted to offer each and every one of them an apprenticeship with Arnold Clark. From there, they will build upon the basic skills that they have learned at GTG Glasgow and, hopefully, go on to be fully qualified mechanics. I strongly believe in having a hands-on approach to recruiting staff. By furnishing the students with the basics needed to become a great mechanic they can go forth and build upon these. Hopefully these students will have a fulfilling career with Arnold Clark.”
Finlay Laverty, of The Prince’s Trust, added, “I’m thrilled to be celebrating five years of The Prince’s Trust and Arnold Clarks’ innovative approach to training. Since the beginning, Get into Car Mechanics has jump-started the careers of many talented young people, and this year is no different with all eight graduates about to embark on apprenticeships in this strong and growing industry, with one of the most respected names in mechanics. The programme has become a shining example of what can be achieved when the third and private sectors work together to tackle the challenges facing young people.”