Wed 9 Jul 14

Andrew Page unveils innovative apprentice programmes

Andrew Page unveils innovative apprentice programmes
Leading supplier of Automotive Aftermarket parts components, Andrew Page, has further outlined its commitment to developing training programmes within the industry, with the announcement of a significant apprentice and talent development programme, due to launch later this year.

Becoming the only UK motor factor to proactively offer a nationwide parts advisor apprentice programme, Andrew Page will also provide schemes to develop future branch and sales office managers for its own network, which consists of over 90 distributors through Andrew Page's branch network. Automotive apprentice and recruitment provider, ProVQ will certify and facilitate the parts advisor apprentice scheme, guaranteeing that it will be effectively structured to benefit every participant. The programme has been designed to provide the apprentices with valuable experience and knowledge through on-the-job, classroom, and mentor-based training. In addition, apprentices will be trained and qualified to ATA parts person standard, equal to NVQ level 2.

"This apprenticeship scheme is industry leading and I am delighted to be working with not just the apprentices who will be joining our organisation, but the branches and mentors who will be working with them," commented Adrian Newbery, Group Training Manager at Andrew Page.

Dave Cole, Group HR Manager at Andrew Page added: "The automotive industry is constantly developing, and Andrew Page believes that the best way to maintain a competitive edge is to have the best people. Bringing in fresh talent, as well as developing existing team members, is a huge part of this."

In addition to the nationwide parts advisor apprentice programme, Andrew Page is also introducing Branch Manager and Sales Office Manager Talent Development Programmes (TDP), which are specifically aimed at the existing team. The TDPs are designed to enhance and facilitate the ongoing skills and career development of those already employed by the organisation, and will provide Andrew Page with the next generation of leaders and managers.

The Branch Manager TDP is a 12 month programme that includes 12 training interventions, made up of one-to-one coaching sessions and classroom-based training days. By having 12 direct training interactions with the participant, the student is provided with high-intensity support. After the first 12 months are completed, graduates will be invited to join the AP Management Academy, where they will be provided with further development opportunities before being considered for regional management roles.

Running independently from the Branch Manager scheme, the Sales Office Manager TDP is a six month programme that features monthly classroom based training days. It is designed to provide aspiring managers with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to become the next generation of managers in the industry, and offers an additional six months of training following the initial programme. Successful graduates from the Sales Office Manager TDP will be considered for upcoming branch manager positions.

All three programmes are due to begin in September/October this year, and anybody interested in the schemes should contact their Andrew Page or Camberley Auto Factors Regional Business Manager.