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The West Midlands branch of the UK's leading used car supermarket, Carcraft has offered two more apprenticeships to local recruits. 

As youth unemployment continues to soar in the UK and over one million 16-24 year olds struggling to find work, the company is offering a welcome helping hand to local apprentices, Jamie Cooper and Jay Evans, both 18, from Tipton. The new apprentices will join 20 year old Luke Simms at the West Midlands Service Centre in Wednesbury.   

The scheme aims to provide on-the-job training for youths in the area, enabling recruits to earn as they learn. Both Jamie and Jay are on a three-year apprenticeship which sees them earn a Motor Vehicle Repairs NVQ as well as become certified professional technicians.  

Several local colleges had approached Antony Clapp, Service Centre manager at West Midlands Carcraft regarding similar schemes. But it was the enthusiasm of Simms - who turned up in person to ask about the potential to be trained - that really got things going. 

“It’s something I had been keen on getting off the ground for a while.” explained Clapp. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for young people in the area to get some practical job skills. Luke’s persistence convinced us that he was the ideal candidate to be our first apprentice.”

“All three of our new joiners have proved valuable additions; they’re eager to pick up the skills they need, and keen workers. There’s a huge lack of apprenticeships open to young people right now, when they need them the most. I’m happy about what we’ve achieved here and that we can help local young people start their careers.” 

Following the success of this initial scheme Carcraft - the UK’s leading used car supermarket - is rolling it out to other service centres and has reproduced the training scheme at its Leeds branch and taken on a further two apprentices.

Simms who is coming to the end of his training added, “I’ve always been interested in cars and training to become a mechanic had been my plan for a while. It’s great to be able to train and still earn a wage too as supporting myself through a full time course would have been an added pressure.”

Carcraft has 11 showrooms located around the country and its highly trained technicians put all cars through a rigorous 120 point check. This ensures there’s no nasty surprises in store, when you drive away in your new car. 

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To find out more about Carcraft visit www.carcraft.co.uk  

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