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Nov 2016 | Apprentice of the Year awards

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Halfords Autocentres Apprentices are promising to be the great mechanics of the future having successfully completed their training and graduated as fully qualified technicians

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We now have a total of 247 apprentices working nationally across Halfords Autocentres working on differing stages of their 3 year apprenticeships. PROVQ provide residential training in Shrewsbury where the candidates learn the practicality of car and light vehicle mechanics and then take that learning and put into practice with their Halfords Autocentre mentor.

Apprentice course

  • VCQ Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence
  • VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at Level 1

Advanced Apprenticeships

  • VCQ Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence
  • VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at Level 2
Apprentice of the year

As part of the celebration of all our apprentices that passes each year we hold an Apprentice of the Year award competition and ceremony. Tasks on the day were 5 practical tests ranging from diagnosing electrical and engine faults that needed to be found and resolved, and one BTCC challenge on the current raining BTCC 2016 champion's car.

Our Halfords Autocentre 2nd year apprentice of the year, who won a Palmersport day in Bedford. The BEST driving day experience in the country run by Jonathan Palmer a thrilling and unforgettable day:

  • William Elliott - Ilkeston
  • 2nd place Scott Howlett won a iPhone watch
  • 3rd place Dan Rodwell won a Virgin voucher experience day

BTCC Halfords Autocentre 3rd year apprentice again winning a Palmersport day in Bedford, and two tickets to a BTCC race day:

  • Nathan Vicary - Sheffield
  • 2nd place Jasper Haylock won a iPhone watch
  • 3rd place Rob Andrews won a Virgin voucher experience day

BTCC Special Award

William Elliott of Ilkeston also won the opportunity to work with the BTCC team (British Touring Car Championship) as one of the technicians in the team at every track day in next year's calendar learning and working alongside the BTCC team. Halfords Autocentres will support William throughout next year following his progress working within the team as the BTCC, Halfords Yuasa relationship grows over the next two years. This is a unique opportunity for a young enthusiastic Technician.

Also apprentice Scott Cleaver was recognised for the outstanding achievement for the ''Sherry McPherson Award''. Scott joined the Apprentice Programme back in October 2013. He found the academic side of the apprenticeship training challenging but remained completely focused and determined to meet the required standards and to achieve his full apprenticeship framework. Scott's resilience, commitment and determination have seen him through to complete a Full Advanced Apprenticeship at level 3, meaning he is now classed as a qualified Technician.

Do you think you have what it takes?

If you are interested or know someone who wants to commit to a three year apprenticeship and achieve a nationally recognised qualification and a role within our Halfords Autocentres apply now.