As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re meeting apprentices who are involved in businesses around the town.

Today, we meet Anthony Dukes, an MET Apprentice at AW Repair Group.

Anthony studies at Emtec College Nottingham, on a Multi-Skilled Repair Technician’s Apprenticeship. We asked Anthony some questions about his apprenticeship.

What do you love about your apprenticeship?: Learning different techniques and better understanding of vehicle repairs.

What is the most challenging part of your apprenticeship?: Confidence in using new equipment

What support do you receive from your employer?: They provide me with support both inside and outside of work. They provide adequate training to help me with my confidence. I know they are always there for me should I need it.

How did you find out about your apprenticeship / get information about it?: I saw a post on social media about the company coming to the area. I looked into the company, and could see they was very keen on apprentices, so I got in touch.

What stages did you have to go through to secure your apprenticeship?: Firstly, I had to send my CV in, I was then invited to attend an interview, where I had to take a copy of my CV and any relevant qualifications. I had the chance to meet the manager I would be doing my apprenticeship under, and had a site visit / tour.

What skills are required to apply for your specific apprenticeship?: Nothing specific, just the generic 3 GCSE’s A-C.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?: I wanted to lean more about the repair industry and I wanted to be doing the job whilst learning.

Has COVID-19 had an impact on your apprenticeship? If so, how? Not really as I can still work onsite. It has delayed offsite training, but AW try to provide in house where possible.

After completion of your apprenticeship, do you hope to are retained as a permanent member of staff?: Yes, I would like to be a part of the team and grow within the company.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?: ATA Accredited MET/Panel Technician, working within AW Repair Group.

AW Repair Group, whose head office is located in Sleaford, are named as one of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Founded in 1998 by CEO Andrew Walsh, AW Repair Group has grown to become one of the UK’s leading accident repair groups. By investing in purpose-built, high-tech repair facilities, equipment and technologies, the group have cemented their place as one of the most trusted body shop repair centres, attracting customers looking for a premium quality service.

Operating from a BS10125 accredited network of accident repair centres, the company boast their ability to be safe, secure, and carry out all work to the highest standards. AW Repair Group cover areas throughout the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, and are also approved for leading insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers.

Whilst AW Repair Group don’t have any current advertised positions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, anybody interested in future employment or potential apprenticeship openings are encouraged to keep an eye on the firm’s website, and CV’s are welcome, sent to jobs@awrepairgroup.co.uk.