Rotherham car dealership on the hunt for apprentice mechanics

A family run car dealership in Rotherham is looking for young, aspiring mechanics to join its team.

JCT600 has a scheme that attempts to find the next generation of mechanics, with 115 apprentices on the company's books. The Rotherham branch of the dealership, which specialises in repairing and selling Volkswagen cars, is taking part in the latest recruitment drive, which aims to secure 27 new comers for the initiative.

Apprenticeships can be a good way for car garages to create talented employees for the future, but consideration must be made with regards to their road risks insurance policy. Mechanics will commonly need to drive customers' car in and out of work bays, but also to test drive them to ensure they are performing as they ought to be - young people can struggle to get named on a road risks insurance policy, so it is worth a manager bearing this in mind when taking on inexperienced staff.

Successful applicants will complete an apprenticeship of between two and three years, at the end of which they will emerge with an NVQ Level 3 qualification as well as IMI Technical Certificates, the Rotherham Advertiser reported.

Chris Pape, a 19-year-old who has just completed the first year of his three year apprenticeship as a technician with the York branch, commented: “My brother's a mechanic and I've wanted to work with cars all my life so the JCT600 apprenticeship was a dream come true.

“It means that I can work my way up and learn everything I can - as well as the on-the-job training."