Launched this morning at the Glasgow Science Centre, the 7-ton lorry will visit schools, colleges and events to promote work-based learning and showcase all the different apprenticeships that Arnold Clark has to offer.
This unique van has been bespoke built and includes:
An exhibition space complete with TVs and iPads with simulated games and quizzes.
Six interactive boards which can be used to try out some of the skills learned in different apprenticeships.
A seating area with tablets to access the Arnold Clark website where young people can apply for an apprenticeship.
Representatives from Skills Development Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce and schoolchildren from the local area attended the launch of the van.
Suzanne Sherry, Apprentice Recruitment Manager at Arnold Clark, explained:
'We wanted to do something to really excite young people about the amazing apprenticeship opportunities that are out there, not just at Arnold Clark, but in general. We want to fly the flag for everybody who offers apprenticeships and the vehicle seemed like a great way to make sure we reach out to as many young people across Scotland as possible and really spread the word.'
She added: 'I have 300 Arnold Clark apprenticeship vacancies to fill this year so the ultimate goal would be that some of the young people we engage with through the vehicle will get on board and join us.'
There are several boards with tasks such as a mini tyre-change, electrical wiring and a house alarm system.
Suzanne Sherry and James Russell try out one of the tasks.
Director of Career Information Advice and Guidance Operations at Skills Development Scotland, James Russell, said:
‘I was delighted to attend the launch of Arnold Clark's interactive apprenticeship truck today and see first-hand some of the great work they're doing to encourage young people to take on apprenticeships. There’s an ever-increasing appetite for work-based learning and there are even more opportunities this year to take up Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships. Initiatives like the truck are a great way to get young people interested in apprenticeships and give them an opportunity for experiential learning before making career choices.’
Schools and colleges can apply to book the truck themselves - for free - or to be part of a bigger event by visiting the Arnold Clark website.
Our Apprentice Recruitment team alonside some of our apprentices.
We offer apprenticeships across 12 different disciplines including IT, Mechanics, Alarm Engineering, Parts, Garage Equipment Engineering and Business Administration.
In addition to Modern Apprenticeships we also offer Graduate Apprenticeships in IT Software Design.