AutoRaise Beginnings

AutoRaise has evolved from a working group of like-minded vehicle repairers who saw the need to create a modern Apprenticeship Standard, to a charitable organisation with a single, focused purpose: to promote the industry as a sustainable, attractive and rewarding place to work.

We aim to bring new blood into the industry, specifically by engaging with young people who are interested in a technical apprenticeship, and to help employers nurture their Apprentices into qualified talent – the future owners, managers and leaders in our industry.

How it all began

The AutoRaise initiative originated in 2012 through the collusion of Fix Auto Dagenham and Barking & Dagenham College.

Chris Oliver brought together a number of leading repairers across the country to help build a new Multiskilled apprenticeship framework, funded by the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot. The new apprenticeship was designed and moved away from the creation of apprenticeships designed solely by awarding bodies. This pilot led the way for Trailblazer apprenticeship Standards which are now the only way new apprenticeship programmes are created.

In 2016, members of this Trailblazer group evolved in to a board of Trustees, applied to the Charities Commission to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and were fully incorporated in November 2016. Our registered Charity No. is 1170068.

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