In an age when apprenticeships might be considered an old-fashioned mode of learning a trade, at MEB we still think that it is still of huge importance. So important in fact that we have been continuously taking on apprentices and training car mechanics since 1992.
What are Apprenticeships?
The government’s definition of an apprentice is someone over 16, living in England and not in full-time education. Apprenticeships combine studying (usually one day a week towards a qualification) and on the job training (with a low wage and holiday pay).
There are however adult apprenticeships out there geared up to those looking to change career, and they say you are never too old to take up an apprenticeship (although do bear in mind that funding for over 24 year old’s is different).
How we work with apprentices at MEB
At MEB the Motor Centre, we have chosen to work in partnership with North London Garages GTA who have been serving the needs of London’s motor industry since 1970. NLGGTA is London’s leading motor industry apprentice training group and have supplied us with many successful apprentices and trainee mechanics over the years.
We treat our apprentices as any other staff member except that one day a week they go off to NLGGTA’s training college to work towards becoming a qualified mechanic.
Why we choose NLGGTA
NLGGTA can not only supply us with trainee mechanics but also can help us find qualified professional staff. If we feel that our motor technicians need to brush up on some training then they also run cost-effective training courses.
Why trainee mechanics stay with MEB
As a small independent garage, we like to look after our staff. MEB is a motor mechanics’ family, and apprentices often stay with us at the end of their apprenticeships. We offer help, support and guidance in order for them carve out their careers. If trainees show an interest in becoming MOT testers then we will guide them down this path. It is both beneficial to us as a garage to have happy staff who perform well, and the staff are safe in the knowledge that they are supported in their career choices.
We also respect the wishes of those who choose to leave our garage, often to set up their own repair and servicing establishments. We think of it as a sign of success!
If you want to hear more about our apprenticeships, please do get in touch.