Cumbria apprenticeship success story is a national first

Cumbria apprenticeship success story is a national first

IMI: The Institute of the Motor IndusrtyTwenty year old John Brown, an apprentice technician who works for Border Cars in Carlisle is the first person in England to successfully achieve his Apprenticeship on the new automotive industry Apprenticeship framework.

As the nation comes together to highlight the talents and skills of apprentices and celebrate their importance to businesses across the country during National Apprenticeship Week, John’s achievement demonstrates the value many young people place in vocational learning.

The new Apprenticeship framework was introduced in April 2012 in line with the Government’s request to improve the quality of Apprenticeship provision across all sectors. The new framework was developed in consultation with the sector to ensure it met the needs of the industry.

John has achieved his Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light Vehicle) in less than half the time of many of his peers due to the support given by his employer, training provider and the Suzuki Apprenticeship training team.

Commenting on his achievement, Fraser Brown, General Manager at Border Cars said: “We’re delighted that John is the first young person to have achieved his Apprenticeship on the new framework. Apprenticeships are a valued part of our business as it allows us to ensure our future workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to work in our ever evolving industry. John is a valued member of the team here and we would like to congratulate him on his success.”

With over 11,000 young people choosing to start an automotive Apprenticeship, the latest official statistics show that right across the board; Apprenticeships are playing a key role in lifting skill levels in the UK workforce and giving thousands of young people, like John, a successful start to their careers.

John received his certificate of achievement at a presentation attended by representatives from the IMI, SPX, the organisation who delivered the training and Suzuki. John is one of the many automobile, motorcycle, ATV and parts advisors who are due to graduate with Framework 1 qualifications from the Suzuki Apprentice Programme this year.

Andy Webb, Operations Manager at SPX said: “Framework 1, with its combined focus of knowledge, skills and competence meant that John and SPX worked hard to ensure compliance to the new qualification standards. SPX used their comprehensive tracking system to support John with accurate feedback on his progress. We’re proud to have worked with John, Border Cars Carlisle and the IMI in this considerable achievement of this first ever Framework 1 qualification at level 3 in motor vehicle maintenance and repair. We would like to wish John and Border Cars Carlisle every success for the future and look forward to working with Suzuki, Border Cars and their future apprentices.”

In recognition of his achievement, John has also been awarded membership of the IMI at Associate level. As well as a whole host of member benefits, John will also have access to the industry’s Professional Register. The Professional Register represents individuals who have proven they have the right qualifications and knowledge to practice professionally within the automotive sector. These individuals are continually maintaining their standards by committing to and carrying out continuing professional development (CPD).

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