Fraikin continues to invest in fresh talent with Apprenticeship scheme
May 18, 2012
A group of new Apprentices have started their training at Fraikin sites across the UK, after over 200 applications were received for the popular scheme. Fraikin now have 13 Apprentices in total, who join a growing number of young people that chose Fraikin as the best company to begin an exciting career in a growing industry.
With the support of their colleagues across the country, and tutors at Bristol College, the Apprentices will complete a mixture of workshop and classroom based training, while working towards their Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.
The intensive three-year course incorporates an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Safety, as well as IRTEC Registration. With a varied syllabus covering everything from chassis technology, brakes, tyres and suspension to advanced engine diagnostics, the students gain solid knowledge to build a career in the transport industry.
Current Fraikin Apprentices Jared Wood & Jake Nicoll, based at the Oak Tree Road site in Coventry, are very positive about their prospects for the future.
Jared, a former pupil of Pool Hayes School in Willenhall,West Midlands, started his Apprenticeship straight after leaving school at the age of 16. With only limited experience from a Saturday job in a garage but huge enthusiasm for the industry, Jared was delighted when he was offered a place on the scheme.
He said “At school, I did two or three subjects which gave me good grounding for this job – including design and technology. I always knew what I wanted to do but with Apprenticeships the impression was that I would be making tea all the time. It has never been like that at Fraikin, from day one I’ve had to get stuck in.
In the long term I’d like to work my way up and perhaps be a manager, through the Apprenticeship I’m gaining well rounded knowledge and getting to know the business.”
Jake Nicoll is a former pupil of North Leamington School in Warwickshire. He began his Apprenticeship with Fraikin in October last year. He said; “I am three months into my training and already feel like it’s giving me so much. Every day I’m gaining knowledge and broadening my practical skills.
Within three years I will be qualified, and after that I’m hoping to keep climbing the career ladder. I’m aiming as high as I can.”
Fraikin are extremely proud of their Apprenticeship programme, as it is a key part of sustaining maintenance capability for the growing business. With over 17,000 assets in their fleet and high profile clients, who include companies such as GEOAmey, Sainsbury’s, Scottish Power and City Link, the expertise of technicians at workshops across the country is vital.
Peter Backhouse, Chief Executive Officer at Fraikin Ltd, said; “Our Apprenticeship scheme has proven a valuable asset to the company. We are in a market where heavy vehicle technicians are not easy to come by – most of our workers are aged 35 plus. By bringing in younger people and investing in their future we are adding to our highly skilled workforce, which in turn benefits our business and it’s existing and prospective customers.”