Almost 30 Scottish apprentices to be taken on by car dealership Lookers

Lookers, the UK car dealership giant with a string of Scottish showrooms, is to take on 180 apprentices, with 27 roles being recruited north of the Border.

Current Lookers apprentices at a car dealership with chief retail operations officer Duncan McPhee. Picture: SWNS
Current Lookers apprentices at a car dealership with chief retail operations officer Duncan McPhee. Picture: SWNS

The firm said the announcement marked the largest ever in-take of apprentices to its programme. The initiative, which now boasts an enrolment of 700 posts over the last three years, covers a wide range of technology, manufacturing and customer-facing roles and will include Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lanarkshire.

The news is a welcome boost after the group, owner of the long-established Taggarts business and some Audi dealerships in Scotland, announced showroom closures and redundancies earlier this year.

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Duncan McPhee, chief retail operations officer, said: “Lookers is committed to apprenticeships as part of our continued investment to attract bright, young and ambitious talent into the business.

“We are delighted to offer 180 apprenticeship roles across the country, providing young people with the opportunity to build their confidence, skills, and experience in a dynamic and continually evolving industry.

“The Lookers apprenticeship programme has enabled our company to develop many high-calibre, talented individuals, many of whom have gone on to receive industry and national recognition. This investment also demonstrates our confidence and ambition for the future despite the difficult challenges of this year.”

The programme offers young people an opportunity to work with some of the world’s most well-known manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover.

Amy Howard, a Lookers apprentice based at Volvo Glasgow, said: “This programme is an incredible opportunity to develop your skills and start your career in a fast-paced industry.”

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