Gain an insight into what successful automotive business owners, such as Andy Savva PdDip CAE EngTech FIMI, look for when recruiting.
Andy has been involved in the Automotive Industry for 30 years. In the early days he owned and managed successful garages which won him the prestigious award of National Independent Garage of the Year, then in 2005 he sold his business and went on to complete a Diploma in Automotive Retail Management at Loughborough University. During that period Andy consulted to a variety of Vehicle Manufacturers and Parts Distributors in Aftersales, Business Improvement & Strategy.
In 2010 Andy opened a state of the art, 15,000 sq ft, purpose built vehicle repair workshop offering a dealer level service for BMW, Mini, Volkswagen, Audi and Land Rover. Having sold this business in November 2015 he is now MD at Savva Automotive, an Aftersales Consultancy Practice working with both retail and aftermarket organisations. Andy is also a frequent industry speaker and a columnist for 2 major automotive trade publications.
Andy says “The main thing I look for in young people is a passion for the automotive industry, with a genuine interest, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard for us.”
He also states that although “The obvious other characteristics are punctuality, reliability and indeed the will to learn, being able to explain exactly what you want out of your apprenticeship, apart from money, is key. Researching the business also illustrates to the director that you are genuinely interested and when you are writing your application, it’s worth going back to the job description, which will outline what the business is looking for. You can then pick the key things out, refer back to them in the application, showing how you have demonstrated those skills or qualities. Also, you should think about what other skills you may have picked up at school, or elsewhere, that might benefit the business.”
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