National motor retailer Lookers is continuing its commitment to future talent by announcing more than 160 new Apprenticeship positions.
The roles are a further increase on the number that Lookers welcomed onto its programme last year. They have hopes to double its number of female apprentices in this year’s intake. To support this, Lookers is in the process of launching a network to provide additional support during their training.
The Female Apprentice Network will provide an online, and social media forum, that will enable the participants to learn from each other and share experiences, as well as allow for regular opportunities to meet up.
The new positions follow a number of high profile award wins for the group, including being recognised as one of the Top 100 Apprentice Employers in the country.
Chelsea Bayley, who started as an Apprentice Technician at Lookers BMW in Crewe last year, said: “Joining the Lookers apprentice programme has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone has been really helpful and have made sure that I’m supported every step of the way, whether it’s working on routine service work or more complicated repair jobs. I would encourage anyone to join the programme.”
Steve Maule, Head of Qualifications at Lookers, said: “2017 was a huge year for our Apprenticeship programme and was a real statement of intent about the importance we place on attracting bright young talent into the business.
“This year we continue our investment in the programme as well as placing additional focus on attracting female apprentices, something that has traditionally been a struggle for the Motor Industry. We aim to have the right infrastructure and support networks in place to achieve this objective. Apprentices are a huge part of our recruitment strategy at Lookers and they have an important part to play in the future of the wider motor industry.”