Protyre marks 100th apprentice achievement with drive to recruit more female apprentices

Protyre marks 100th apprentice achievement with drive to recruit more female apprentices

08 Mar

By Dean Richardson

Protyre – one of the UK’s largest tyre retailers –  is to mark National Apprentice Week by taking on its 100th apprentice in this year's intake and drive forward with plans to recruit more female mechanics through its apprenticeship scheme. 

As National Apprentice Week, 4th – 8th March, is celebrated, Protyre has announced it will recruit its highest ever intake of apprentices onto its two-year apprenticeship scheme in 2019 - with 30 new apprenticeship roles set to be created across its network of 150 fast fit and mechanical centres.

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Alongside the landmark achievement of hiring its 100th apprentice, Protyre is also proactively seeking to take on more female apprentices in 2019.
On Friday 8 March - International Women’s Day, as part of this female friendly recruitment drive, Protyre Plymouth hosted a workshop and recruitment event for aspiring young female mechanics who attended through their involvement with the Plymouth training charity, Norporo Training.

Check out our video from the day below

Protyre were also on BBC Radio Devon on Saturday on the  Caroline Cook Show. Click the button below to  Listen ot the interview. Protyre are on 2 hours 23 minutes into the show:

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Check out some of the images from the event below


The 16 to 18 year olds took a tour of the Plymouth garage, spent time in the workshop, took part in a vehicle check and were provided with the opportunity to fit a tyre and balance the wheels on a car.
There was also a chat and Q & A with Protyre Faringdon centre manager Nikki Ham about her rise through the Protyre ranks, along with the opportunity to see a new, inspiring video from existing Protyre apprentice; Chloe about her own experiences within the industry.

Chloe Spare - Apprentice, Elmbridge Tyres


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Protyre’s recruitment drive for more female apprentices into the business, comes weeks after the tyre retailer recorded a positive performance in the BBC’s gender pay gap report, in which Protyre featured among the 14% of UK companies to have a pay gap that favours women.
Simon Hiorns, Protyre Retail Director, said: “We are very proud to be taking on our 100th apprentice this year and even better that 2019 is the year in which we have our biggest intake of apprentices into the business.
“Those coming through our apprenticeship scheme are the future of the business and there are great opportunities at Protyre, such as our Protech Academy, to carve out a successful career beyond the apprenticeship scheme.
“By hosting our workshop event, those young women attending will get the chance to gain a valuable insight into the skills they can develop and will hopefully take inspiration from Nikki, Chloe and Elise in what can be achieved by women currently working at Protyre centres.”
As a follow-on to Friday’s workshop Protyre will also take part in a school’s outreach programme later in the year.
This will involve visits to schools to outline the opportunities that exist within the industry, with a particular emphasis on encouraging more girls to apply for the Protyre apprenticeship scheme each year.

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