Family automotive retailer JCT600 welcomed 40 apprentices – 12 more than planned during 2018 – including at its premises in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Since launching its training scheme for young people five years ago, the £1.25 billion turnover Yorkshire-based business has attracted and retained 100 apprentices in a variety of roles.
With its headquarters in Bradford, JCT600 offers apprenticeships based at most of its 52 dealerships.
Throughout the year, it hosts assessment days for young people and their parents to give them more information about the company and the wide variety of roles available, from trainee service advisers to apprentice technicians and parts apprentices.
Katie Saunders, HR director for JCT600, said: “When young people are looking for jobopportunities, the motor industry may not necessarily be a sector which they immediately think of. However, it has undergone a huge transformation in recent years with companies like JCT600 investing in high tech showrooms and specially tailored training programmes to attract the brightest talent. Motor retail also offers a huge choice of roles, many of which potential recruits may not be aware of, for example, the parts adviser is proving to be a great choice for those new to the sector.
“Most of all, what we’re looking for is potential. We want enthusiastic young people with a genuine passion to learn and embrace our culture which is all about putting the customer at the core of everything we do. While having some academic qualifications and IT skills is desirable, being hardworking, motivated and having a ‘can-do’ attitude ismore important. In return, we’ll invest in your training and give you support along theway, enabling you to develop your career with JCT600 as well as providing all of the benefits you would expect from one of the Sunday Times’ ‘best companies to work for’.
“We’ve worked hard over the last five years to design a programme which gives our apprentices the training they need for their chosen role, It’s fantastic to see so many bright, young people joining the JCT600 family and making their future with us.”