A Cambridge MOT, repair and vehicle service centre says apprenticeships mean years of experience are passed to the next generation
An established family garage in Cambridge has praised the apprenticeship programme for allowing years of skill and experience to be passed to the next generation of mechanics.
Sam Archdeacon, who runs his father’s 40-year-old firm, says apprenticeships are key in training new talent with hands-on, real life experience.
Archdeacon Motors is a busy garage, not far from the city-centre, where nine staff, ranging from 18 to 65 years old, are kept busy on vehicles, six days a week.
Ben Cooke, 18, is their latest apprentice in a line of young people who have trained and worked with Archdeacon.
Sam Archdeacon, left, with apprentice Ben Cooke
Ben is among thousands of young people across Britain reaping the rewards of apprenticeships as the perfect opportunity to get a foot in the career door.
Ben said: “I’ve learnt so much from being here. The opportunity came from an industry placement through college, which turned into an apprenticeship.
“I’ve always loved cars so knew I’d work in this industry. I’ve learnt a lot from the other mechanics. It has been a great opportunity.”
Sam, 27, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to fast track yourself into a job and earn while you learn.
“We have a mechanic team ranging from 18 to 65 years old. These are great people with a wealth of knowledge.
“We need them to hand over their skills to the younger generation before that knowledge is lost.
“From an employer point of view it means we get new talent learning from our existing skilled staff.
“College is great for teaching the important foundations, but those skills can be boosted in a real setting where work colleagues give advice, tips, information and detail that you can’t learn from a book.”