RAC apprenticeship scheme addresses industry skill gaps

By automotive-mag.com 2 Min Read

Apprentices from the RAC Academy celebrated their graduation at a ceremony in Walsall last week. Originally set up in 2015, the RAC relaunched its apprenticeship academy in November 2021 to help address the ongoing automotive industry skills gap.

The industry could hit a shortfall of nearly 160,000 vacancies by 2031, according to the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The RAC’s 30 month apprenticeship scheme sees the RAC partner with colleges to coordinate the application process.

The RAC provides dedicated mentors and managers to oversee the programme. Tony Cullum, RAC academy manager, said: “As long as there are cars on the road there’ll be a need for roadside technicians, so we want to help as many people as possible find their keys to success.

“Since starting their courses in November 2021, the commitment and ambition from all eight apprentices has been outstanding, perfectly demonstrating the high level of service we commit to providing for our members. We look forward to seeing them out on the road.”

The first eight graduates completed their Level 2 Vehicle and Maintenance Repair apprenticeships at North London Garages in Enfield, spending three weeks in a month at the roadside and one week in the classroom.

The new patrols (L to R) are Praneeth Rajapakse, Zaahir Patel, Tyreiss Burton, Haseeb Patel, Kiesha Corbin, Ronaldo Powlette, Jamie Riaz and James Barrall.

As it stands, the RAC Academy has 82 apprentices with courses completed or in progress across eight different cohorts at North London Garages and S&B Automotive Academy, Bristol.



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