The new scheme is designed to bring young people into the specialist automotive parts company, based near Maidstone, on a structured training programme supported by government funding.
ADL is offering a 12 month opportunity for its new apprentices to obtain NVQ qualifications and to develop their skills as part of its ‘Investors in People’ strategy. After completing the apprenticeship at ADL there is the opportunity of trainee or junior roles within the business adding to the company’s existing 236 strong workforce.
When asked what interested her in an apprenticeship, Chloe Fotheringham, aged 22, one of the ADL’s new recruits said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because I felt it would be a good way to gain real life experience. I have a keen interest in administration and felt this would be a good opportunity to get my foot in the door and start my career.”
Aimee Dougan, aged 23, another of ADL’s newly appointed apprentices added: “I wanted to work at ADL because of its reputation for training and development and I thought the company would offer me the opportunity to grow and develop.”
Mark Northeast ADL’s Managing Director, said: “The apprenticeship scheme is part of our wider plan to recruit 50 new people this year and an additional 100 over the next three years. Over the last 18 months we’ve seen tremendous growth and recognise that to continue our success and enter new international markets, we will need to add to our already highly talented staff.
“The scheme is a win-win for the apprentices and the business as existing staff mentor the apprentices which enables them to develop their skills and learn from the new perspective apprentices bring.”
To facilitate ADL’s expansion, the company is planning to relocate to the proposed Waterside Park development near junction 8 of the M20, on the outskirts of Maidstone, having identified it as the best location to support its current and future operations.