Motofix apprentice day strikes a chord

More than 80 teenagers attended an apprenticeship evening hosted by The Motofix Group in Yeovil, which aimed to showcase the industry and inspire new talent into the sector.

Held in association with AutoRaise, the event saw 82 13-18 year olds visit the Yeovil branch of the independent vehicle accident repair and bodyshop group. Apart from advice on training opportunities and potential careers, the youngsters were also invited to take part in a hands-on experience with a Lamborghini Huracán and a 1957 Ford Mercury Monterey Convertible.

Further insights into the industry included learning how computer imaging can help to rebuild a vehicle virtually, painting demonstrations and panel repairs.

The Motofix Group’s managing director Richard Tutt said, ‘I am delighted that so many young people attended our apprenticeship event, and I hope that we have opened many eyes to the automotive industry. This event was a great success and we have already attracted six applications for apprentices – with further applications still coming in.

‘This is great considering that they may not have thought about vehicle repairs as a career path previously. As a company, we are invested in the future of young technicians, so we are proud to host events such as this.’

Apart from AutoRaise, a vehicle repair charity set up to address the chronic skills shortage in the industry, Motofix was supported by various suppliers including Audatex, DeVilbiss, Elevation, LKQ, Mirka, Morelli, Powertec, PPG, Pro-Align, Stanners, Radical Equipment, RM and U-POL.

Motofix was further backed at the event by insurance provider esure and representatives of S&B and Bridgwater Colleges.