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AutoRaise welcomes apprentice champions, Car-O-Liner, as a Silver partner

AutoRaise - the vehicle repair industry charity - is delighted to announce the signing of body repair skills champions, Car-O-Liner, to further boost the charity's Partner line-up.

Car-O-Liner is the latest company to pledge its support to reversing the sector’s skills shortage – by signing as a AutoRaise Silver Partner.

The body repair equipment manufacturer has a legacy of helping young, talented technicians get a start in their profession; having been Strategic Sponsor of Skill 13 – Autobody Repair – during the previous five WorldSkills competitions, most recently at WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Car-O-Liner has consistently shown support for young, homegrown talent with its backing of the UK skills competition and takes pride in helping encourage and assist in vocational education for the younger generation. So they are a perfect fit!

Commenting on the new partnership, Stuart Alexander, Managing Director of Car-O-Liner (UK), is keen to build on Car-O-Liner’s track record of assisting to develop aspiring young people: “We at Car-O-Liner are passionate about training and youth development and I’m pleased that Car-O-Liner is able to support the good work that is being undertaken by AutoRaise to attract and encourage young people into our dynamic industry,” said Stuart.

The Rugby-based Car-O-Liner UK team join a growing list of motor vehicle repair supply chain Partners, that include Audatex, BMS, CAPS Consortium, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, esure, Fix Auto UK, Gallagher Bassett, LV=, Morelli Group, R-M Paint, S&G Response and U-Pol.

“We’re delighted that Car-O-Liner has decided to join the AutoRaise Partner programme.” said Mark Bull, Head of Engagement for Business at AutoRaise. “Car-O-Liner are renowned ‘skills champions’ and well respected within the vehicle repair industry. This is another extremely positive step forward for the AutoRaise charity.”

AutoRaise has taken great strides in its quest to support the vehicle repair industry since it was launched just over twelve months ago. The charity’s aim of helping vehicle repairers to address the current skills shortage has resulted in approximately 100 new apprenticeships being created.

Bob Linwood, AutoRaise CEO commented: “It is marvellous to know that companies who rely on vehicles being repaired by a skilled workforce are fully on board with the AutoRaise ethos. We look forward to working closely with Car-O-Liner along with our other Partners and industry stakeholders as we strive to bridge the current skills crisis.

“Stuart and his team are already experts at spotting the future young talent with the fun and practical live demonstrations they have successfully hosted at previous AutoRaise Industry Showcase Events. Their support will further add immense value to all that we do going forward.”

AutoRaise say that it’s essential that the vehicle repair industry gets behind addressing the current skills shortage, whether it be taking on new apprentices, hosting Industry Showcase Events or simply helping to spread the word.

Mark Bull concluded, “Any company associated with the safe repair of accident damaged vehicles has a vested interest in creating an environment whereby young people are attracted to our sector. AutoRaise promote what the vehicle repair industry has to offer directly into schools, and we encourage young people to join our Cadet programme from the age of 13; this is a vital part of the AutoRaise work as it will create a pipeline of young people choosing a career path within the automotive sector.”

It’s essential that the industry gets behind addressing the skills shortage, whether it be taking on new apprentices, hosting Industry Showcase Events or simply helping to spread the word.

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