Following the acceleration of its apprenticeship programme three years ago, the Bradford-based company now has a total of 185 apprentices working across the business, and is in the final stages of appointing the last five apprentices in this year’s intake.
This year, JCT600 has offered apprenticeships at most of its 50 dealerships throughout Yorkshire, the North East, the Humber, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire for various positions including trainee service advisers, apprentice technicians and parts apprentices. These apprenticeships run for two and three years and the apprentices gain NVQ Level 2 and 3 qualifications alongside IMI Technical Certificates.
Porsche Centre Leeds this year welcomed 16-year-old Jessica Suffield from Cleckheaton as a first-year apprentice technician; she joins Stacey Chandler, age 19 of Ripon, who will soon start her second year as an apprentice technician; and Jake Murrell, 19, from Wakefield, who is a first-year parts apprentice.
Katie Saunders, HR director for JCT600, said: "Over the last few years, our apprenticeship initiative has really gained momentum. Every year, we look for young people who may not have any experience in the motor industry, but who do have real potential. In return for their hard work and enthusiasm, we invest in providing a complete and structured training and development programme with regular reviews and on site coaching and mentoring as well as site and classroom learning.
"We are proud to have 185 apprentices working within the business and it is testimony to the quality of our scheme that nearly all of the young people we recruit continue to develop their careers with us following the completion of their apprenticeship. In the spring, we will be launching our 2017 scheme and expect to be looking for another 30 apprentices to join our team."