Ashley Atkins, a mobile technician from Auto Windscreens’ Grimsby Service Centre, is the first in England to complete the new Level 3 Automotive Glazing Technician apprenticeship, the company announced.
“My dad used to do this job when I was younger and joining as an apprentice was the best way for me to learn the role,” Atkins says. “I enjoy the freedom of being mobile, you’re your own boss to a certain extent. To those thinking of becoming an apprentice, it’s definitely worth doing – take the leap and go for it, you’ll regret it if you don’t!”
“We’re very proud of Ashley being the first person in England to complete this apprenticeship,” says managing director James MacBeth. “As a company, we’ve always invested heavily in our apprenticeship program. Our technician and contact (center) roles are perfectly suited to apprenticeships as they require a combination of technical as well as soft skills.”
Auto Windscreens also announced plans to recruit up to 42 apprentice technicians and contact center agents in 2023. The company’s apprenticeships are delivered internally through its ALEX program.
“On a personal level, I’m a great supporter of apprenticeships, as I worked my way up from starting at Auto Windscreens as a trainee technician in 1992,” MacBeth says. “My training provided an excellent stepping-stone for a successful career in the industry – something we can offer all our apprentices.”