AutoRaise hits milestone

Monday 11 September marked a significant milestone for AutoRaise, the vehicle repair industry charity, as the first cohort of Gemini apprentices started with Emtec College.

Thirteen starters, the first in a group of 40 apprentices taken on by Gemini, supported by their parents attended Emtec, part of Nottingham College to start their two-week induction programme.

Each apprentice has been provided with branded workwear, a branded backpack, an android tablet for them to complete and store all of their coursework on and a Gemini green toolbox with a starter toolkit.

‘Gemini’s commitment to their apprentices has set the bar higher than what I believe anyone could achieve,’ said Bob Linwood, CEO, AutoRaise. ‘Better than that, they are happy to share their approach with the industry in an attempt to encourage others to adopt similar programmes.

‘Emtec should also take credit for taking the visionary approach in putting this programme together. Their facilities are excellent; they are branding some work areas to Gemini when they have Gemini learners on site.’

Presenting to the apprentices, Bob heaped praise upon Dave Sargeant, managing director of Gemini Group and his team, with a special mention made of John Henderson, technical training and development coordinator at Gemini, who he said ‘has been pivotal in putting the programme together with Emtec’.

For more details on the Gemini apprentice programme see the October issue of bodyshop magazine available soon.