AutoRaise reveal plans to mark National Apprenticeship Week in the Vehicle Repair sector!

March 4, 2019

Following the Government’s “Blaze a Trail” theme to mark 2019’s National Apprenticeship Week (4th-8th March), AutoRaise has unveiled a full programme of events and communications designed to underpin the trail that the industry charity has been blazing
over the past 12 months.


Through its Academy and Cadet programmes, AutoRaise will be making contact will all of the young people the charity regularly interacts with, reminding them about what fantastic opportunities lie ahead for them as an apprentice in the Vehicle Repair industry. This activity
will include sharing new content, video links and interesting case studies which outline the great journey that some of the current serving apprentices are on. The charity’s engaging “Meet the Apprentices” video – which features interviews with six young apprentices - s certainlyexpected to resonate strongly with the live Cadets Please click here.

On Tuesday 5th March, AutoRaise is hosting a full-day event, with over 60 industry stakeholders converging on EMTEC College in Ruddington for an informative day full of keynote speeches, a tour of EMTEC College and the opportunity to observe current serving apprentices being assessed for selection to represent this year’s World Skills UK Team. With many repairers in attendance, the charity expects to create some new apprenticeship vacancies and to make sure all quarters of the industry are aware of the charity’s aims, achievements and future plans.

During the remainder of National Apprenticeship Week, through its network partners AutoRaise hopes to reach over 1,000 vehicle repairers and hundreds of young people.


Commenting on the week ahead, AutoRaise CEO Bob Linwood said: “National Apprenticeship Week always provides a great platform for businesses to step back and consider the value of employing young talent through Apprenticeships. Through the work we are doing, we are ‘blazing a trail’ by raising the awareness of the chronic skills crisis that exists in our market and are making steady progress towards addressing this by helping vehicle repairers to identify and then fill their vacancies with engaged apprentices.”

He continued: “Our goals are easily stated:
- For Vehicle Repairers, to convey the message that through our Affiliated Repairer programme, we can help guide and support them through the journey of finding and recruiting young people in to apprenticeships and help them address the skills issues in
their own business.
- For our Cadets (Young People still in fulltime education), to remind them what a brilliant industry we have, what a great career they could build within it and all of the opportunities to progress and earn a great salary once they have qualified.
- For all of our Academy Members (current serving apprentices), a reminder about how much they are valued and to give them a platform to showcase their own abilities and achievements through our various media and social platforms.
- To the Vehicle Repair industry as a whole – that by supporting AutoRaise and all the initiatives we are involved with, we can all work together to address the industry’s skills crisis and make sure we create a sustainable industry for the future”

If you’re not already involved with AutoRaise, irrespective of where you sit within the industry, you can still play a part by contacting the team at or by completing a contact form at

It’s essential that the industry gets behind addressing the skills shortage, whether it be taking on new apprentices, hosting Industry Showcase Events or simply helping to spread the word.


Please visit for full information on how to get involved. To see how AutoRaise are attracting young people to the industry, please visit


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