The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is set to investigate an apprenticeship specifically tailored to the independent garage sector following Government plans to change the way apprentice programmes are funded. The changes will add administrative and financial burden and may discourage small businesses from taking on apprentices.
IGA Director, Stuart James said: “The average age profile of MOT testers is increasing – raising a concern that suitable young people are not choosing to work in the industry.
“We believe that a there is a need for greater investment for independents to take on apprentices, and are working with our members and government to draw up an initiative that will accommodate the needs of independent garages.”
The survey of IGA members showed 56% of the 691 garages who took part would be more likely to consider taking on an apprentice if a scheme was developed by an industry body and specifically for the sector. Only 38% of those surveyed currently have an apprentice.