NBRA and School of Thought unveil AWE24

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) and Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association (VBRA) has launched the Automotive Work Experience Initiative, in partnership with School of Thought.

AWE24 is a work experience scheme tailored for young people with an interest in the automotive body repair sector. Work opportunities are available year-round, with AWE24 serving as a dedicated week from 15-19 April 2024, to spotlight automotive body repair work experience.

The NBRA/VBRA is now urging members to actively engage by providing one-week placements to at least one aspiring young person. This endeavour not only invests in the future workforce of the automotive repair sector but also enables industry experts to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation.

Martyn Rowley, executive director, said: “We understand the importance of nurturing young talent and offering them firsthand experience in the automotive body repair industry. AWE24 presents a unique opportunity for our members to actively contribute to shaping our industry’s future by providing invaluable work experience placements.

“While the week-long programme is set for April, the organisations recognise the varying availability constraints and stress the importance of maintaining visible work experience opportunities throughout the year.”

Dave Reece, founder of School of Thought, added: “We firmly believe that by offering meaningful work experience opportunities to young individuals, we can cultivate a diverse and skilled workforce that will propel innovation and excellence in the automotive repair sector.”