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Arnold Clark to launch 7.5 tonne apprenticeship showcase truck

Car giant Arnold Clark is so committed to boosting apprenticeships the firm has come up with a wheelie great idea – a truck specially kitted out to showcase the fantastic training opportunities open to youngsters.

The firm’s 7.5-tonne lorry will travel around Scotland promoting work-based learning during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 and beyond.

It is all set to launch on Friday, March 9 at Glasgow Science Centre, at an event aimed at youngsters from across the city which anyone can go along to, organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow. Events in Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh and Livingston, West Lothian, are also planned.

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.

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.

“We want to fly the flag for everybody who offers apprenticeships and the truck seemed like a great way to make sure we reach out to as many youngsters as possible.”

She added: “I have 300 Arnold Clark apprenticeship vacancies to fill this year so the ultimate goal would be some of the young people we engage with through the truck will join us.”

The vehicle has been fitted out as an exhibition space complete with two TVs and iPads with simulated games, quizzes and exercises.

There are also six interactive boards which youngsters can use to try out some of the skills learned in different apprenticeships.

Suzanne explained: “One of the boards is a mini-tyre change task, which involves using an impact gun to remove and fit a wheel, while another one is all about electricity, connectivity and how to wire things up correctly.

“There is also a board based on a house alarm system, which has to be wired correctly to work and one based on hydraulics.”

Suzanne added: “We need to make sure we are giving young people enough information to make informed career choices.

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