SYNETIQ celebrates apprenticeship scheme

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, salvage and dismantling experts SYNETIQ has been reflecting on the success of it Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship scheme, which launched in September 2021.

The first of its kind in the industry, the scheme offers students the chance to learn on the job at SYNETIQ’s headquarters in Doncaster and other sites in Winsford and Gloucester, with a job guaranteed upon completion.

The first cohort began their studies in September 2021 and are completing training across five key areas of SYNETIQ’s operations: warehousing, dispatch, vehicle imaging, and dismantling end of life vehicles.

Apprentice Euan Harlington, said: “We rotate every month across five departments, so we get a taste of everything that goes on. It’s great for me because it wasn’t an industry I was really familiar with and I didn’t know which part of the business I wanted to work in. Now I’ve got experience in every area of operations and know that I enjoy dismantling the most, so it’s something I want to pursue after I finish the course.”

The Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship scheme was the first of its kind in the automotive recycling industry, developed in partnership with an accredited automotive education training provider.

Created to help close the automotive industry’s skills gap, SYNETIQ hopes similar businesses will introduce training opportunities of their own.