Automotive Trailblazer group revs up

December 2, 2016
Brandon Harper with his workplace mentor and Remit Apprentice Development Coach Kurt Buxton

Brandon Harper with his workplace mentor and Remit Apprentice Development Coach Kurt Buxton

The first ever  apprentices on the brand new Automotive Trailblazer scheme have kick started their career with support from Remit Training.

The group of ten, which includes young men and women from across the country, have begun their apprenticeships with various motor industry employers, and have now completed their first block of training at Remit’s dedicated training facility in Rearsby, Leicestershire.

The Vehicle Service and Maintenance (Light Vehicle) Technician Apprenticeship Standard has been created by a ‘Trailblazer’ group of industry professionals. They collectively developed a range of technical and behavioural standards, based on what they as employers expect to see from an apprentice.

Remit has developed a programme to meet the requirements of the new standard. The apprenticeship will be delivered through a combination of 15 residential training blocks, online learning through Remit’s virtual learning environment and in-company support visits from one of Remit’s Apprentice Development Coaches. The apprentice and their employer mentor will also use an e-logbook to track practical competence in the workplace.

Like all the new apprenticeship standards being developed across the country, the assessment of competence, leading to final certification, will be carried out through independent end assessments, which include practical tests and examinations.

Mick Pilling, Remit’s Automotive Development Director, said: “It’s great to have our first group of employers and apprentices on board. From Nottingham to Sheffield, Manchester to Northamptonshire, we’re delighted to be working with IGA members from across the country, giving apprentices the chance to be a part of a new range of standards, which we are confident will meet the business needs of automotive employers.

“The first group has already had a successful week’s block training at our dedicated training facility in Rearsby. We’re looking forward to working alongside our Trailblazer employers to ensure the programme we have designed is working for their businesses as well as delivering on the apprentices’ personal learning goals.”

For more information on Remit’s Trailblazer programme, please contact Remit on 0115 975 9550, email: