– Leading automotive repair company to take on 320 apprentices in 2012 –

Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair and servicing company, today announces that it will take on 320 apprentices in 2012.  This is more than double the company’s intake of 120 apprentices in 2011. The majority of these two year Apprenticeships will be available to 16-18 year olds and will be located throughout the UK.

The announcement is being made during a visit to the company’s Training Academy in Derby by David Way, the chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), and comes as Kwik Fit makes increased investment in training across the UK.

Kwik Fit recruited its first apprentice in 1992, and in the 20 years since then, over 1,000 apprentices have passed through the company’s training programme.  The company has four training academies in Derby, Gloucester, Harlow and Broxburn, together providing over 15,000 days of training per year.

Paul Binks, head of learning and development at Kwik Fit, said: “We are investing heavily in training apprentices, because we recognise they are the long term lifeblood of our business.  We are committed to providing long term, on-going training, and the results can be seen by the fact that our apprentices rise up the ranks within the company.  We are confident that many of our 2012 recruits will be managing our centres in the years to come.”

David Way, chief executive of the NAS, said:  “Kwik Fit’s commitment to training and development is very impressive and it is clear what a significant investment they are making to their Apprenticeship scheme.  Today’s announcement is really good news, coming at a time when we are working with employers to ensure that all Apprenticeship programmes are of the highest quality.”

A Kwik Fit Apprenticeship lasts two years and provides five additional units of qualification compared to an equivalent course carried out in college environment.  Kwik Fit’s training programme has been rating ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the company has been awarded ‘Beacon’ status by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.  These are some of the reasons why places are highly sought after.  Last year, Kwik Fit received more than 18000 applications for 120 places.

Those interested in applying for an Apprenticeship at Kwik Fit should visit  The closing date for applications for the current intake is Friday 25 May, further recruitment will take place throughout the remainder of the year.