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Graduation Day for National Tyres Apprentices

01 Apr 2010

National Tyres and Autocare congratulates recent graduates from its Apprenticeship programme. Fifteen apprentices passed the two-year programme to reach Level 2 NVQ in Motor Vehicle Fitting (Fast-Fit).

Throughout the duration of the course, the apprentices learn skills in fitting tyres, wheel alignment, exhausts, brakes, steering and suspension, oil and filter changes and batteries, and have the opportunity to work alongside qualified technicians in National Tyres centres to gain experience and on-the-job training.

As part of the Apprenticeship they also complete a Technical Certificate and develop their skills in Information Technology, Communication and Numeracy.

Tony Neill, CEO for the Axle Group, which includes National Tyres and Autocare, commented “Congratulations to our recent graduates. In what can only be described as an unstable economic climate, we believe we must invest in the future of our business and the Apprenticeship programme plays an important part in this process.”

“The programme allows young people to acquire skills and knowledge which will be a bonus to both the company and the individuals themselves. We offer industry recognised qualifications, on-the-job training from qualified professionals and most importantly, a career path for motivated people with an interest in the motor industry.”

With a 75% success rate in 2008/09, National is in the top 50 of the UK’s providers of vocational apprentice training. To be eligible for the Apprenticeship programme, applicants require at least three GCSE's, including Math's and English at A to C grade (or equivalent Standard Grades in Scotland).

National Tyres and Autocare is the largest independent fast-fit specialist in the UK with over 200 branches nationwide, meeting the needs of more than one million customers a year as well as some of the country’s largest company car fleets. Services include car tyres, exhausts, brakes, batteries, wheel alignment, shock absorbers, motorcycle tyres, oil and filter and MOTs.

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