Appentices reap the rewards at Warwickshire County Council

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AN APPRENTICE is on his way to becoming a fully-qualified mechanic thanks to Warwickshire County Council’s Fleet Maintenance programme.

19-year-old Will Ratcliffe, from Rugby, and Guy Raisen, from Stratford, secured places on the scheme on the council’s website and are a year into the course. Will said: “It has been a great year and it has provided me with a huge amount of knowledge.

“We are now able to work on a variety of vehicles, guided by a mentor, and continue to keep up to date with the latest vehicle technology.”

Both apprentices benefit from learning from a mentor - one of the workshop’s master technicians - and a tailored training programme which has enabled them to become adept at anything from carrying our safety checks to rebuilding engines.

Guy added: “The county council makes sure we get as much training as possible and are prepared for the challenges of the role.

“You can read a lot from books but the real benefit here is getting the hands on experience. A workshop like this one is a fantastic opportunity to learn about all the different aspects of the garage and the different vehicles.”

For more information about the county council schemes, visit