The students, who are progressing from full-time Motor Vehicle courses to Level 2 Apprenticeships, have each secured positions in Equipe branches throughout the North West.
Bolton College’s Motor Vehicle Department and Business Development Team collaborated with Equipe to source suitable learners for the roles. The successful students each took part in a rigorous interview process at the College.
Equipe Tyre & Autocare is the largest independent organisation of its kind in the North West, and is entering into its fifteenth year of trading. It currently operates through nine Service Centres, with sites in Eccles and Tyldsley, as well as the Bolton branch located on Manchester Road.
Peter Alstead, Head of Motor Vehicle at the College, said ‘It’s always a pleasure to work with local employers and meet their workforce needs. I’m sure that the students who obtained employment at Equipe will do the College proud, and prove any confidence in them well founded’.
The students will spend four days a week at Equipe, and one day a week in the College’s STEM Centre Motor Vehicle workshop, perfecting their skills before becoming fully qualified mechanics.
Billy Carberry, Area Manager at Equipe, said: ‘We are serious about investing in existing staff with training and we’re always looking to improve our standing in the automotive repair and replacement market. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to partner up with Bolton College and take on these apprentices and meet the needs of our growing successful business. I’ve been really impressed with the apprentices, the staff and the set-up at College. I’m sure if the lads continue to work hard, they will go far; apprentices are a valuable asset to the company, and its future, moving forward.’
Bill Webster, Principal of Bolton College, added, ‘I was delighted to meet Billy from Equipe, and see what a positive impact our students can make to a business. We hope to continue our working partnership with Equipe in the future, providing yet more excellent work opportunities for our apprentices’.