ONE of Scotland’s biggest privately-owned businesses has taken on 141 apprentices – 20 more than last year.
Car dealership chain Arnold Clark is putting the recruits from north and south of the Border through their paces at the £10 million Glasgow Training Group (GTG) centre.
The apprentices are taking part in light vehicle mechanics’ courses, which will lead on to placements at the company’s service centres.
Sir Arnold Clark, chairman and chief executive of the eponymous firm, said: “Modern Apprenticeships are an excellent stepping stone into the workplace. I hope all suitably-qualified school leavers will be offered the opportunity to train in the Modern Apprentice scheme over the coming months.
“In this tough economic climate, development of Scotland’s skill base is essential.”
Clark opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgow after leaving the air force and being unable to find a job. He now has more than 200 dealerships throughout the UK, employs some 8,000 workers and turns over in excess of £2 billion.
The GTG was formed by motor traders in 1971 to train their apprentices. A branch was opened in Edinburgh in 1996. The group has expanded into other areas such as first aid and management training.