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Bromley apprentice pioneers new RAC patrol academy

PUBLISHED: 10:59 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 23 October 2015

Sam Abbott, picture credit: Marcel Christian

Sam Abbott, picture credit: Marcel Christian

Copyright: Marcel Christian

Sam Abbott is one of six apprentices in the pilot scheme

The RAC apprentices, picture credit: Marcel ChristianThe RAC apprentices, picture credit: Marcel Christian

A Bromley teenager has become one of the first apprentices in a scheme created by the RAC and Barking and Dagenham College.

Sam Abbott, 18, is one of six recruits to the RAC apprentice patrol academy.

The Greater London based project will see apprentices spend two years in training while working towards their Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship.

Mr Abbott will be studying at college one day a week whilst working for the RAC, and will also receive 20 weeks’ training from the RAC.

The apprentices will also be on the road with an RAC mentor.

If the London academy proves successful, the RAC is hoping to roll out the training model nationally.

RAC project manager Simon Cooper said: “This is something we’ve been looking at for a while because we recognise there is a lack of people with the skill set necessary for this kind of job.

“Not only do you have to be very highly skilled as a technician, but also be able to manage customers and deal with some potentially difficult situations.”

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