Auto repair firm welcomes MP in push for youth job creation

Sara Britcliffe MP visits FMG Repair Services <i>(Image: Google Maps/NQ)</i>

Sara Britcliffe MP visits FMG Repair Services (Image: Google Maps/NQ)

An automotive repairer has welcomed local MP Sara Britcliffe for a tour of its Accrington vehicle repair site to discuss careers for young people.

FMG Repair Services planned a visit with the Conservative Party vice-chair for youth to demonstrate the broad range of interesting career opportunities available at the body shop for young people in the local area.

FMG Repair Services, the UK’s largest owned repair network, with more than 65 sites, provides crash repair for the automotive insurance industry, fleet operators and direct to motorists, employing 1,500 people across the UK.

Hyndburn MP Ms Britcliffe is an advocate for youth aspiration and opportunity in the area and discovered the range of career opportunities available for young people from diverse backgrounds in the world of vehicle technology.

Whilst at the visit, panel technicians, paint technicians, EV repair specialists and apprentices demonstrated the technical knowledge and specialist skill involved in repairing modern vehicles in line with manufacturer approvals and certified quality standards.

Speaking after the visit, she said: “Hyndburn is an attractive place to operate as a business and this is something I am always banging the drum about.

“Visiting FMG Repair Services I saw the skilled work undertaken and was informed about the great opportunities for local people they offer.

“I am a big champion of alternative routes to university and believe we need an economy focussed on skilled work.

“It is clear that this is what FMG Repair Services offers, and it is fantastic to have an expanding employer like this in Hyndburn.”

In addition to bringing employment to the local area, FMG Repair Services has sponsored the local Heys Sports Complex at Oswaldtwistle, the sporting home to 12 local grassroots youth and adult football teams, and a not-for-profit

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