National training provider, Remit, is already working with 650 apprentices across the West Midlands, with a number training to be vehicle technicians.
Many motor industry apprentices may hop on a bus to get to work, but most don’t get the chance to actually repair and refurbish them on a daily basis. Walsall lad, Robert Beardmore, is a heavy vehicle apprentice technician and gets the chance to do just that.
The 19-year-old has been working with Volant Passenger Vehicle Solutions in Aldridge for the past five months.
The company, which started out as two men selling used buses, has now grown to be a busy heavy vehicle garage, servicing and refurbishing buses, coaches and lorries.
Volant recently set up its VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) Authorised Testing Facility (ATF), making sure heavy vehicles are safe and road worthy.
Being involved in such a specialist area is a great opportunity for both the company and its apprentices.
Company director, John Wood, said: “It’s really important to us that as our business grows, we offer opportunities to young people who want to learn and grow with us.