TODAY Halfords Autocentres expands its commitment to creating the best qualified apprentices with the announcement of a new five year plan to include both an Apprenticeship and Halfords Technical Training Academy programme, in response to the growing demand for hybrid and electric cars in the UK.  The move comes as an automotive skills crisis deepens across the country.

The garage network, which this year will invest in excess of £800,000  in their apprentice and training programme, with a goal of having an apprentice in every Autocentre, has announced a two year training extension to its existing two and three year apprenticeship programmes which already provides an apprentice with a Level III Automotive Technician qualification.

The newly qualified apprentices will be enrolled into the Halfords Technical Training Academy for an additional two years to achieve additional qualifications including a Level II in hybrid electric vehicle maintenance. It means that apprentices will be better placed to deal with the increased number of hybrid electric vehicles on our roads.

The three years spent on an apprenticeship will count towards the four years needed to be eligible to become an MOT Tester with the qualification obtained following the end of Year 4’s training. During their final year, trainees will be eligible to enrol onto an internal program of diagnostic and mentoring training, and can become mentors for new apprentices. Others will be able to join a different programme, if they wish to go into management.

Andy Turbefield, Head of Quality and Training at Halfords Autocentres says: “Much is said about the skills shortage in the UK, however I believe that this shortage lies in the EU, in the UK we have a skills crisis, with the talent pool becoming shallower as every year goes by. Our five year apprenticeship and training plan is a way for ambitious and hardworking technicians to become the best in the country. We have begun recruiting for this year’s apprentice intake, and we will close the applications by the end of July.”

The apprenticeship programme at Halfords Autocentres has been running for over nine years and boasts a success rate of over 70% for completion. The in-depth programme includes apprentices working with colleague mentors whilst at work, aiding them with work-based projects. This year Halfords Autocentre is hiring 100 more apprentices with the goal of eventually having an apprentice in every garage. The new five year plan allows new colleagues to become the best they can be.

Halfords has over 10,000 employees and was named one of the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For in 2019.

To find out more about Halfords training and apprenticeships, visit Halfordscareers.com and click on apprenticeship.

To find out more about the roles available across the Halfords group, visit Halfordscareers.com


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Halfords is the UK’s leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK’s leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at more than 460 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.