Car company with seven Newcastle sites launches huge apprentice scheme

Lookers is a big employer in Newcastle and the region will benefit from the nationwide scheme.

A major employer in the North-East has launched a huge drive for apprentinces.

Lookers owns seven dealerships in Newcastle and are searching for apprentices to fulfil a variety of roles.

The 2022 recruitment drive is Lookers' largest annual intake of apprentices to date with 208 roles up for grabs across the country.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to work with motoring brands including Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and BMW, as well as gaining training in electric cars.

Launching the initiative as part of National Apprenticeship Week, Suzanne Sherry, Lookers’ newly-appointed Group Apprenticeship & Early Careers Programme Manager, said: “The motoring industry is in the throes of an exciting digital and electrical transformation that will change the way we live and drive forever and its future success will need a new breed of technical experts who are equipped with the right skills and talent to take it forward.

"We already have a strong presence within Newcastle with seven dealerships and now we want even more young people to be part of our journey here.

"At Lookers, we’ve been investing in award-winning talent, skills and training for decades, sparking careers and opening opportunities in every area of our business.

"I’m delighted that for 2022, we’re embarking on our largest apprenticeship programme yet.

Lookers will brings jobs to the region and hope to reverse gender stereotypes

“This year, we’re focusing on challenging gender stereotypes within the industry to encourage even more female apprentices to join our growing ranks while nurturing all talent and enthusiasm when we see it.”

Lookers’ Chief Operating Officer, Duncan McPhee, said: “Our apprentices are the lifeblood of our business and we’re delighted to bring on a new and diverse team of talent from every area of the UK at this exciting time. Focussed learning and first-class on-the-job training in a collaborative, warm and friendly environment is what makes our apprenticeship programme the best there is.

“We’re delighted to kick off a fresh programme to power electrifying careers at Lookers and we look forward to meeting our next generation of recruits soon.”