Auto Windscreens, a Chesterfield, United Kingdom-based windshield repair and replacement company, is celebrating after winning the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ category at the Sheffield City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2021 last night. Held for the fourth time at the Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse, the awards recognize the individuals and organizations involved in apprenticeships and how they shape the future.
Auto Windscreens’ entry focused on how the company’s Apprenticeship Learning Experience (ALEX) program has been offering students the opportunity to build a rewarding career with a successful business for the last five years. There are currently 35 apprentices across the company with plans to recruit an additional 32 by year’s end.
“Since the start of the year alone, we’ve taken on 25 apprentices, providing young people with full-time roles in what has become a very competitive job market, following the COVID-19 pandemic,” says James MacBeth, managing director of Auto Windscreens. “We’re proud of our track record in helping people find employment with over 80% of ALEX vacancies filled by those aged 21 and under. Our apprentices are among the best trained in the industry with structured pathways in place to further their development on completion of the program.”
Training for the Automotive Glazing program occurs in Auto Windscreens’ Technical Innovation and Training Academy at its head office in Chesterfield.
“Our existing apprentices and graduates now make up over 10% of Auto Windscreens’ technician workforce,” MacBeth adds. “I’m a great advocate for learning on the job, having worked my way up from starting as a trainee technician in 1992. This award is so important in recognizing our apprentices, trainers and our business – we’re clearly going places.”