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Our student inspires a regional vehicle body repair centre for the apprenticeship programme

An established vehicle body repair centre has told how having an industry placement student from Cambridge Regional College has given them faith in apprenticeships.

Matt Cooper, of Cooper Barnes, took on a student who came to the firm twice a week for a year, alongside studies at CRC.

It has been such a success that Matt has offered the student a full time apprenticeship.

Matt said: “This is the first industry placement student we have taken on and it has been a real success.

“As a business owner it has meant we have been able to work with the young person and see what they are capable of, see if they are they keen and see if they really want to be in this career.

“He was enthusiastic from the start. Always willing to try his best even when asked to try a new task.

“Employing people based purely on an interview is difficult. Quite a lot of young people are nervous in interviews, which makes it hard to tell how they will be in a real life situation.

“Recruiting an apprentice following an industry placement meant we were able to see if it was a right fit for the student and also the right fit for us.

“It has worked really well and has restored my faith in apprenticeships.”

A highly regarded garage, Linton-based Cooper Barnes has a reputation for quality automotive body repairs stretching back over forty years.

Whatever the make and model of vehicle, the firm offers a comprehensive service, from a friendly, skilled and experienced team that take pride in their work.

The business boasts highly trained technicians who are certified to VBRA, the leading Trade Association for Vehicle Body Repairs operating standards.



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