Findings from Drive My Career show that asked whether they preferred to go to university or start an apprenticeship, nearly half (47%) opted for the latter.
Additionally, the vast majority of respondents (95%) responded “yes” to the question “after an apprenticeship, would you continue to work for the same company if they offered you the job?”
Almost 40% of respondents said the “earn while you learn” element is the most important part of an apprenticeship. This was closely followed by “understanding the work environment” (27%) and “gaining early work experience” (26%).
Katie Saunders, JCT600 HR director, said: “We recruit between 40 and 50 Apprentices each year through our Group Programme. We employ immediately on permanent contracts rather than temporary or “Apprenticeship” contracts because we see our Apprentices as long-term future talent.
“Ensuring that they have great mentors is also key. We are proud of our 95% retention rate once they have qualified and we have multiple examples of apprentices growing with us to become Managers”.
Drive My Career is the employment initiative launched by the NFDA in February 2018 to improve the perception of the automotive industry among young people.
The initiative targets 16 to 24-year-old potential candidates to raise their awareness of the exciting career opportunities available in the retail side of the automotive industry.
Sue Robinson, NFDA director, added, “It is encouraging to see that a large percentage of young people see apprenticeships as an ideal route into their professional career. Our findings demonstrate the importance of investing in the workforce of the future.
“The automotive retail industry offers a wide range of rewarding, entry-level roles to those looking to start their professional career.
“Thanks to the support of its franchised dealer members, Drive My Career will continue to showcase how exciting a career in our sector can be”.
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