Apprenticeship awareness event success

Fix Auto Loughborough owner Paul Smith and AutoRaise CEO Bob Linwood are thrilled after 16-year-old Jessica Lawrence stated that attending their apprenticeship awareness event gave her the inspiration to go for the career she has always wanted.

The teenager has joined the Leicestershire repairer and in doing, has become the first female apprentice to step into the industry as a direct result of AutoRaise event.

Jessica said, ‘I’d always known I wanted a career involving cars as I’ve always enjoyed helping my dad repair his, but it wasn’t until I attended the AutoRaise event at Fix Auto Loughborough that I made a decision as to precisely what I wanted to do. After being told what results I needed in my GCSEs to complete the apprenticeship, I went back to school and tried my hardest and am really proud of the GCSEs I managed to get.’

Jessica’s hard work and determination has paid off, she successfully got the grades she needed and has been offered a two-year multi-skilled technician’s apprenticeship.

Paul said, ‘Jessica came along on the evening and blew us all away with her enthusiasm for the job. We opened her eyes to the industry. You really have to give her credit, from then she became totally focussed on an apprenticeship, she knuckled down to her studies and duly delivered. We sent her to Emtec college in Nottingham for her assessment and she returned top of her class with the lecturers giving her a special citation.’

Bob commented, ‘When we set AutoRaise up, we had so many aims and aspirations but our primary goal was to find young people and bring them in to our industry as valued, professional technicians and instill a passion and desire to develop themselves.’