Sustainable business

Retail Apprenticeship Scheme

Halfords Autocentres has had an apprenticeship scheme for over 20 years and currently has more than 200 apprentices employed in the business. Building on that success, Halfords Retail successfully piloted an apprenticeship scheme during the year and in February formally launched a programme to place 500 apprentices in stores over the first 12 months.

Halfords goes above and beyond the usual apprenticeship model by offering a pre-apprenticeship training scheme, which equips candidates with four qualifications for those completing the three weeks intensive training: Halfords' Gear 1 level training, a Retail Level 1 certificate, an Employability & Personal Development Certificate, and Level 1 or 2 in Maths & English. The scheme is open to people who are not in education, employment or training and on completion of this training, candidates are interviewed and, if successful, offered apprenticeships.

Smiling Apprentice
We see huge potential for the programme to get people back into work and a new wave of talent into retail