A great (re)finish for our apprentice showcase

We are astounded by the calibre of young people that attended our first ever apprenticeship showcase in partnership with industry charity, AutoRaise.

Over 15 prospective apprentices visited our Corby bodyshop on 9th June to get hands on, meet the team and find out more about the accident repair industry.

Guests were able to try their hand at a range of activities to experience the different stages of the repair process. They applied filler to a dented bonnet care of U-POL; created estimates on a damaged vehicle with Audatex; used a paint spray-gun in the spray booth with LKQ Coatings and had a go at paintless dent removal with Car-Mum. BSI Group were also on hand to highlight the importance of Kitemark BS1015 Vehicle Damage Repair.

Top of the range vehicles including a Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 and Ford Ranger Wildtrak Armoured Plus Edition and the new Mitsubishi all electric Eclipse Cross were loaned for the day from local dealers; as well as the iconic pink Sheilas’ Wheels Cadillac from insurer esure.

Group General Manager, Peter Randhawa said: ‘We are extremely happy with the outcome of our first showcase event with AutoRaise.

‘The talent and enthusiasm of those who joined us on the day were unexpectedly high. It just shows that the skills, passion and knowledge are out there – but it’s now our job, and the industry’s job, to capture these young people and show them the possibilities of a career within accident repair.

‘We hope we were able to portray our industry positively and demonstrate how interesting, diverse and technologically advancing it really is. Most importantly we hope these young people are still interested in applying!’

Bob Linwood, CEO of AutoRaise said: ‘AutoRaise were pleased and proud to support the Baldwins of Corby event. The event was perfectly organised and we were delighted to have the opportunity to engage with so many young people and critically, their parents too.

‘I am in no doubt that Baldwins will find at least two really strong candidates to award multi-skilled apprenticeships to.

‘Baldwins are the latest repairer who have committed to work with AutoRaise to assist them in helping address their own skills crisis. I hope that we have the opportunity to help many more repairers in the coming weeks and months.’

The deadline to apply for the two positions of apprentice Vehicle Accident Repair Technician at Baldwins of Corby is Friday 13th July. For full information on the apprenticeship programme and how to apply please see here.

To see all the photographs from the day, please see our Facebook page. Why not like our page and share?

Become an apprentice multiskilled technician at Baldwins of Corby

Following on from our successful apprentice showcase event at our Corby repair site on Saturday (9th June), we are inviting all individuals with a passion for  vehicles, an interest in the motor trade and a desire to join an award-winning bodyshop as an apprentice; to submit their CV to us for the opportunity of becoming a multiskilled vehicle accident repair technician at our Corby repair site.

So, what are we looking for?
We would like two enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for vehicles and the motor trade, to join our accident repair centre in Corby, Northamptonshire as an apprentice Multi-Skilled Vehicle Accident Repair Technician.

About the apprenticeship programme
The programme lasts for 2 years and includes on the job training at our Corby repair centre alongside our expert mentors; plus classroom sessions at EMTEC college in Ruddington, Nottingham.

The course will provide you with the key skills required to repair accident damaged vehicles from start to finish, including:

  • Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET): You will learn the strip and refit processes of all main vehicle systems, plus access, remove and reinstall mechanical and electrical components/systems.
  • Panel repair: You will learn to repair and replace panels and carrying out techniques such as welding, plus You will get to use specialist body jigs and tools.
  • Paint: You will learn how to prep and carry out paint refinishing using techniques including; sealing, masking, priming and applying base coat and lacquer.

On successful programme completion, apprentices will gain a full-time position within Baldwins Repair Group.

Entry Criteria
To be accepted onto the programme you must have three GCSEs, or equivalent, including English and Maths. If you have just taken your GCSEs, please include your expected grades in your application.

I’m interested, what happens next?
If you would like to apply for our apprenticeship programme, please forward your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work for us to: recruitment@steer.co.uk.

We invite candidates to attend an interview and skills test. The successful candidates will commence a 1 month trial period with us at Baldwins of Corby.

Peter Randhawa, Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group says: “We are true advocates of apprenticeships and we are committed to offering young people great opportunities within the vehicle repair industry. Our past apprenticeship programmes have been extremely positive, and I am pleased to say that all our past apprentices have become full time members of staff with us.

“Many members of the Baldwins team started in the automotive and vehicle repair industry as apprentices and have successful worked their way up the career ladder; so, we understand just how rewarding and powerful apprenticeships can be.

“We realise the accident repair industry needs new blood and we’re committed to attracting enthusiastic individuals with new ideas, the passion to learn and the desire to succeed into the industry.

“As new technologies are continually coming into play and vehicles are transforming rapidly; it really is an exciting and interesting time to be part of the accident repair industry.”

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – Friday 13th July

Apprentice Showcase at Corby – Saturday 9th June!

We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals with a passion for vehicles and the motor trade, to join our accident repair centre in Corby, Northamptonshire as an apprentice Multi-Skilled Vehicle Accident Repair Technician.

Come along to our apprentice showcase on Saturday 9th June to find out more!

Venue: Baldwins of Corby, Pilot Road, Phoenix Parkway, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5YH
Timings: There will be two sessions: 10.30-12.00 and 12.30-14.00.

On the day, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at spray painting in our paint booth, rubbing down filler and stripping and refitting a bumper. Plus there will be competitions with some great prizes up for grabs and demonstrations from our expert team members and suppliers.

We’ll also have on site some of our approved manufacturer and insurer vehicles including the bright pink Sheilas’ Wheels Cadillac!

If you’re interested in coming on the day to find out more, please email nicki.probets@steer.co.uk and state which session you’d like to attend and how many people will be coming along. We look forward to seeing you there!

More about our apprenticeship programme…

The programme lasts for 2 years and includes on the job training at our Corby repair centre alongside our expert mentors; plus classroom sessions at EMTEC college in Ruddington, Nottingham.

The course will provide you with the key skills required to repair accident damaged vehicles from start to finish, including:

• Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET): You will learn the strip and refit processes of all main vehicle systems, plus access, remove and reinstall mechanical and electrical components/systems.
• Panel repair: You will learn to repair and replace panels and carrying out techniques such as welding, plus You will get to use specialist body jigs and tools.
• Paint: You will learn how to prep and carry out paint refinishing using techniques including; sealing, masking, priming and applying base coat and lacquer.

On successful programme completion, apprentices will gain a full-time position within Baldwins Repair Group.

Entry Criteria
To be accepted onto the programme you must have three GCSEs, or equivalent, including English and Maths. If you have just taken your GCSEs, please include your expected grades.

I’m interested, what happens next?
If you would like to apply for our apprenticeship programme, please forward your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work for us to: recruitment@steer.co.uk.

We invite candidates to attend an interview and skills test. The successful candidates will commence a 1 month trial period with us at Baldwins of Corby.

We hope to see you on the 9th June!

 

 

Baldwins Repair Group is the first UK vehicle repairer working with Bluecity, London’s 100% EV car sharing scheme

Baldwins Repair Group is delighted to be the first UK accident repairer to work in partnership with Bluecity, the point-to-point electric car sharing scheme.

This unique scheme is being gradually rolled-out across London and is the capital’s first point-to-point car sharing scheme powered exclusively with green energy.

The Buckinghamshire based vehicle repairer, which operates out of four UK sites; started working with Bluecity in February 2018 and is proud to be accredited with the prestigious BSI BS10125 Kitemark for Vehicle Damage Repair – the highest endorsement available in the industry.

Baldwins Repair Group is responsible for managing the fleet of red, Lithium Metal Polymer battery-powered city-cars during electrical breakdown and accident repair. It also carries out pre-delivery inspections and post-repair inspections; plus, commissions and decommissions vehicles.

The vehicle repairer is fully equipped to repair all types of electric vehicles, including charge points at the Aylesbury repair centre; and a dedicated, highly skilled and fully electric vehicle (EV) trained team.

Peter Randhawa, General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group, said: “As EV advocates, we are delighted to be part of this scheme. This partnership has been almost two years in the making, but I am overjoyed with the result.

“To be chosen as the first UK accident repairer involved in a project of this scale, shows that we are a forward-thinking organisation and engaged with a rapidly growing market. We look forward to working with Bluecity and seeing where this exciting electric future takes us.”

Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Bluecity, said: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Baldwins Repair Group. Together we will offer our members the guarantee that all cars are repaired and maintained to the highest standards. Bluecity is the London’s first 100% EV point-to-point car-sharing scheme and we pride ourselves with the quality of our service from start to finish.”

Jump start your career at Baldwins Repair Group

We are excited to be launching our new apprenticeship programme, to find two multiskilled technicians to join our Corby Repair Centre.

We’re working with industry charity, AutoRaise, to bridge the skills gap that the industry is currently facing; and invest time and effort in the future employability of young people.

We will be holding a Showcase event at our repair centre in Pilot Road, Phoenix Parkway, Corby in June. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out what the apprenticeship involves, meet the team, past apprentices and partners; plus gain some hands-on experience and take part in competitions.

Peter Randhawa, Group General Manager at Baldwins Repair Group says: “We are true advocates of apprenticeships and we are committed to offering young people great opportunities within the vehicle repair industry. Our past apprenticeship programmes have been extremely positive, and I am pleased to say that all our past apprentices have become full time members of staff with us.

“Many members of the Baldwins team started in the automotive and vehicle repair industry as apprentices and have successful worked their way up the career ladder; so, we understand just how rewarding and powerful apprenticeships can be.

“We realise the accident repair industry needs new blood and we’re committed to attracting enthusiastic individuals with new ideas, the passion to learn and the desire to succeed into the industry.

“As new technologies are continually coming into play and vehicles are transforming rapidly; it really is an exciting and interesting time to be part of the accident repair industry.”

We are celebrating 15 years of operation!

2018 sees us enter our 15th year of operating as a bodyshop repair business.

Our first site, based in Aylesbury, was purchased by Steve Warner and his business partners in 2003. Today, Steve is the 100 percent shareholder. He continues to run the Group and manage it alongside Group General Manager Peter Randhawa.

To grow and strengthen our position, we have increased our site numbers to five. This includes our fast track centre in Leicester and our London site, which is currently in the planning process to create a purpose-built facility.

We currently employ over 100 employees and we are proud to be the approved bodyshop for manufacturers Ford, Honda, MG and Mistsubishi. We are also approved by a number of insurers including LV=, Covea, Allianz and esure.

Our Managing Director Steve Warner says: “Our success so far has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of all our employees and previous Directors.

“Going forward we have the appetite for further growth, without losing customer focus; and keeping our positive relationships with our work providers. We will continue to train and develop our team in order to improve our service and efficiencies.

“It has been a challenging time, but we are now in a strong operational position to successfully manage our future plans and developments. Here’s to the next 15 years!”

See our Profile in ABP Club Magazine – December 2017

We’re proud to have appeared in one of the biggest publications in our industry, at the end of last year.

The Editor, Heather Grant, spoke with our MD Steve Warner and Group General Manager Peter Randhawa and put together this fantastic profile on Baldwins Repair Group. Take a look and find out about our history, our growth and future plans.

ABP Club Magazine – Winter Edition 2017 (We’re on page 52!)

 

Throwback Thursdays #TBT!

To celebrate our 15 anniversary, each week we are looking back over the years and picking out some of our great times to share with you!

Here is just a selection, but follow us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see a piece of our history each week!

 

See our coverage in Bodyshop Magazine January 2018

In January 2018 our Group General Manager Peter Randhawa was featured in an Electric Vehicle (EV) article in Bodyshop Magazine – one of the largest publications in the accident repair industry.

As true EV advocates, Peter discusses how we at Baldwins Repair Group are gearing up for the ‘electric future’ in terms of mechanics and training.

Bodyshop Magazine – January 2018 (We’re on page 36!)