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Apprenticeships - how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy

National Apprenticeship Week takes place in March each year to celebrate the success of apprenticeship schemes throughout the UK.

Continuing in further education isn't for everyone so an apprenticeship could be a sensible option for anyone looking to get a head start with their career. 

As an apprentice you can earn a salary as well as working alongside and learning on the job from experienced colleagues to gain job-specific skills. In addition, you will work towards a nationally recognised professional qualification ranging from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) right up to degree level. 

In a nutshell, the main benefit of an apprenticeship is that you earn and learn at the same time. 

Colin Appleyard has an ongoing support of apprenticeship schemes and currently has 5 apprentices across its six retail outlets. 

Managing Director Robin Appleyard is a big advocate for providing an opportunity for bright youngsters with the right approach: "The apprenticeship scheme is an integral part of both our sales and aftersales business and at the same time helps to provide an important first step on what, we hope, will be a successful career path. Not everyone wants to go to university and this is a great way to learn useful skills and put them into practice."

Whilst all of our current apprentices are working and training in aftersales, we do support schemes in all other areas of our business. We have a number of youngsters who have joined us and progressed within sales, and currently have 4 members of the accounts team who have been supported through an earn as you work apprenticeship. 

A great example of how an apprenticeship can lead to bigger and better things is our very own Lee Morton. Lee joined Colin Appleyard Motorcycles as an apprentice technician in 1989 and has since worked his way up to become Group Service Manager responsible for all Aftersales customer care across the company's six dealerships.

And it’s not just Lee who’s worked his way up the ranks after joining the company; we have several other team members who have been here for a very long time after starting whilst very young with Colin Appleyard...

Kevin Feeny joined the company straight from school summer of 1987 aged 16.

He started off at our Huddersfield dealership when we first purchased the site and worked as an apprentice mechanic on a TYS (Targeted Youth Support) scheme.

After transferring to work in the parts departments at both our Keighley Suzuki and Motorcycles branch, he advanced to ATV (All-Terrain Vehicles) sales. Over 30 years down the line and he's now General Manager for Keighley Motorcycles!

Dave Evans started his journey aged 17 working at our Motorcycle dealership. Starting as a junior he moved up to Clothing & Accessories Manager after 3 years. 

Dave's interest in sales allowed him to take an opportunity to move across to cars and progress to being Business Manager at our Keighley branch; following this he was promoted to Group Business Manager overseeing all 4 of our Suzuki car dealerships and not one to allow an opportunity to pass, Dave is now General Manager of our Nissan dealership.

Ijaz Ali started work with us as a valetor in 1993. In 1999 he quickly progressed to being not only the highest volume Sales Executive at Huddersfield, but across all of our car dealerships. In 2012, Ali continued to climb the ladder and became Sales Manager of our Huddersfield Suzuki and Subaru dealership.

Interested in finding out about apprenticeship opportunities with Colin Appleyard?

We're always looking for bright, talented, enthusiast youngsters and if you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you. Send your CV and a covering letter to Caroline Bond at our Head Office (Colin Appleyard Ltd, Cornmill Garage, Halifax Road, Keighley, BD21 1AH) or send via email to enquiries@colinappleyard.com