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Thatcham apprenticeship scheme now open for older candidates

Thatcham’s Vehicle Damage Assessors (VDA) apprenticeship scheme is now also available to applicants over 18 years old and with start dates set for November, up and coming assessors are being encouraged to take up the few remaining places.

This increased availability comes in direct response to industry feedback; Academy business manager, Clare Ballard, said “We are delighted to be able to listen and act on our customers’ recommendations and to find a way to provide this excellent opportunity to a wider audience. As would be expected from Thatcham this is a high quality apprentice programme, focusing not only on the complex and specific skills of Vehicle Damage Assessment, but also includes modules on Customer Service, and Mechanical, Electrical and Trim designed to produce a new breed of bodyshop assessor, with an all-round appreciation of vehicle assessment and repair.”

Alan Doughty, education officer, IAEA (Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors), said “This is a vital Apprenticeship, which sets the foundation of safe, quality repairs and it is important news that it is now available to technicians who have already experienced our industry”.

Initially announced in February, The Thatcham IAEA Assessor Apprentice programme is the first apprentice scheme designed specifically for VDAs and Thatcham remains the only place where assessors can access a dedicated apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with the IAEA.

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