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Halfords Autocentres Apprentice of the Year Awards
PUBLISHED: 02/02/2017 | UPDATED:02/02/2017 10:35:05
Halfords Autocentres Apprentices are promising to be great technicians of the future, having successfully completed their training and graduated as fully qualified technicians.

Halfords Autocentres ApprenticesHalfords 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 their apprentices that passes each year, Halfords Autocentres hold an Apprentice of the Year Award competition and ceremony. Tasks on the day were five practical tests ranging from diagnosing electrical and engine faults that needed to be found and resolved, and one British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) challenge on the current raining BTCC 2016 champion's car.

The Halfords Autocentre 2nd year apprentice of the year won a PalmerSport day in Bedford, run by Jonathan Palmer, a thrilling and unforgettable driving experience day:

  • 1st place William Elliott - Ilkeston
  • 2nd place Scott Howlett won an iPhone watch
  • 3rd place Dan Rodwell won a Virgin voucher experience day

BTCC Halfords Autocentre 3rd year apprentice also won a PalmerSport day in Bedford, and two tickets to a BTCC race day:

  • 1st place Nathan Vicary - Sheffield
  • 2nd  place Jasper Haylock won an 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 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.

Apprentice Scott Cleaver was also 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 Halfords Autocentres, apply now.