UK Garage & Bodyshop Event backs next generation this National Apprenticeship Week

​To mark National Apprenticeship Week, the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has launched both a school pupil, work experience initiative and college student program in partnership with School of Thought and Autotech Group, as it continues to champion and support the next generation of automotive talent.

​To mark National Apprenticeship Week, the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has launched both a school pupil, work experience initiative and college student program in partnership with School of Thought and Autotech Group, as it continues to champion and support the next generation of automotive talent.

​The event held at the NEC, Birmingham June 5-6, will support School of Thought’s work experience initiative with a first of its kind SHOW MAKER PROGRAMME, by offering 10 students the chance to become “SHOW MAKERS,” helping with event set up, while gaining an invaluable insight into the industry over the course of three days. 

The UK Garage & Bodyshop Event will also be launching its official student program on June 6 for the first time at the show. 

​“The Year of Automotive Work Experience is in full swing, and we encourage all companies exhibiting at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event to offer young people a work experience placement in 2024 and into the future,” says Dave Reece, founder of School of Thought. “The talent is out there, so let’s show young people that there are great careers in the automotive industry. All companies will be welcome on our stand to chat about how we as an industry can address the single biggest long-term problem.”

​Meanwhile, delivered with partner, Autotech Group, the student program aims to engage fresh talent and showcase the array of real-life, exciting and prosperous opportunities within the ever-evolving, and increasingly complex, sector. 

​”Autotech Group is committed to creating opportunities for young people within the aftermarket,” says James Mackay, Managing Director, Autotech Academy. “Our Autotech Academy division is testament to this, as it has created a new approach in the appointment of young talent into the industry, one which complements apprenticeship programs.” 

Student program places are limited and the signup link will be released soon, any queries can be directed to lynsey.steinmetz@autotechgroup.co.uk

​”SHOW MAKERS” must be in year 11 or above, have permission form signed by parent or guardian and be able to get to the NEC Birmingham and back home for each of the three days between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

​There are only 10 “SHOW MAKER” places available, and those interested should email dave@ready4work.uk to confirm their place.


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