Women in Apprenticeships

Posted: 6th of March 2019 by Lewis Scott

Q&A with ChipsAway’s car paintwork repair apprentice, Emily Zammit:




1. What made you decide that doing an apprenticeship was the right route for you?

I realised an apprenticeship was the right route for me as I wanted a successful career in spraying cars, and the right way to do that is by getting all the right qualifications and relevant experience, which is made easier by doing an apprenticeship.


2. What appealed to you about automotive paintwork repairs?

Before I joined the automotive paintwork trade, I was going to do mechanics. But after I had my interview for mechanics at college, I realised I wanted to spray cars instead. I like the idea of painting more than fixing!


3. What is your typical week like (how much of it is spent in employment/practical vs studying)?

My typical week is pretty simple. On a Monday I’m at college. In the morning we usually do practical, either working on a wing or a customer’s car. Then we either revise for upcoming exams or work on our modules. For the rest of the week I am at placement with ChipsAway where I work on the customer’s cars with Dan and Matt, so I get lots of hand-on experience, which is invaluable.


4. What is it like being employed in a typically male-dominated industry?

Personally, I don’t mind working in a male-dominated industry. I get on with everyone very well and couldn’t think of a better group of people to work with! There’s no reason why us girls can’t do car repairs just as well as the boys, and I think our attention to detail really helps!


5. What do you enjoy most about your role with ChipsAway?

Out of everything, I like the fact I am allowed to work on customer’s cars and trusted that my repairs will be just as good as my colleague’s, whilst having the support/advice available from my mentors and more experienced colleagues, as and when I may need it. I also really value the fact that I am treated equally to everyone here and not singled out as the ‘apprentice’!


6. What are the main benefits to doing an apprenticeship?

Personally, I feel the main benefit of doing an apprenticeship is the direct hands-on experience gained, which really enables me to develop my painting skills. The majority of my time is spent on practical application of the skills I’m learning, but I also get a recognised qualification at the end of my course to substantiate my skills and experience.


7. Would you recommend the apprenticeship route to others and why? 

I would 100% recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone as it is a great way to learn, especially at ChipsAway! I’ve only been here 5 months and have learnt so much already.


For further information, please contact Rebecca de Chair, ChipsAway Consumer Marketing Manager – rebecca@franchisebrands.co.uk | 07376 386924.

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