Apprentice recruitment: Nationwide gets the message out

December 04, 2012

Nationwide Accident Repair Services was among the hundreds of exhibitors at the recent World Skills UK Show at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. The show, which focuses on a wide range of practical career opportunities attracted 100,000 visitors and while they probably did not all visit the Nationwide stand it felt at times to Louisa Walker and Tom Callnon as though most of them did!

Louisa and Tom were on the stand throughout the three day show, talking to interested youngsters, their parents, careers advisers and teachers about the outstanding career opportunities that can be realised through the Nationwide Apprentice programme. Louisa said, “Despite our dominant size in the accident repair sector, we are not as prominent a brand as many of the businesses here. Yet our apprenticeships offer equally exciting opportunities. So, this is all about getting the message out. Of the exhibitors here, we are the only accident repair group participating.”

Nationwide shared their stand with Thatcham who, for many years, have provided college based learning support to the Nationwide programme and who, from this year, have also provided Nationwide’s work based assessors. Tom added, “Working here alongside Thatcham, who are so closely involved in the Nationwide programme, has been excellent. Between us we have been able to present the complete picture of what our apprentice programme has to offer.”

Derek Byfield, Nationwide’s Head of Human Resources adds: “Our apprentice programme is by far the biggest in our industry and we work constantly to make sure it remains the best – both in terms of the value our apprentices gain from it through personal as well as skills development, and in terms of refreshing the Company’s skill base. By offering technician (paint, panel and MET), Vehicle Damage Assessor and Commercial apprenticeships we aim to ensure that we nurture and develop the skills and personal commitment that will drive the business to ever greater success.

“Creating meaningful, rewarding career opportunities for young people has never been more important than it is now. We want to make sure that we make a real contribution to that challenge by carefully and continuously monitoring and improving our apprentice programme.”

Nationwide currently has 75 apprentices in its programme and is planning for its 2013 intake of apprentices.  With over 60 accident repair centres across the UK offering fixed site and mobile repairs, mobile glass repair and replacement and accident management, the business looks set to continue to lead the field in apprentice training.   

For more information on Nationwide’s Apprentice programme contact the Academy on 01926 452620 or visit the careers section on the website at