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.

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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!