The Next Generation of Super-Skilled Apprentices

T.O.M. currently employs 76 Scottish Apprentices as part of its workforce and plans to invite another 18 to join the business over the summer further to announcing plans which expect to see the company’s fleet continue to grow.

19% of T.O.M.’s total workforce is apprentices, greatly exceeding the benchmark set by the ‘5% Club’.

The aim of T.O.M’s apprenticeship scheme is to help develop young people in trades in a positive working environment as part of a diverse team who are collectively tasked with ‘making it happen’ and delivering outstanding service to rental customers across the country.

Since its beginnings as a small, family-run MOT station over 24 years ago, T.O.M. Vehicle Rental has always prided itself on being a part of its local community and has grown into one of its local area’s largest private employers.

Company Founder and Chief Executive, Jim Rafferty knows the benefits of a good apprenticeship. He started as an apprentice mechanic with a Ford garage in the local area and has always been passionate about ensuring that others are offered the same type of apprenticeship as he enjoyed;

“As we grow, we will continue to invest in young people through our Apprenticeship scheme. This safeguards skilled labour succession within our business which ultimately means we can continue to deliver the highest service levels to our customers. We place great emphasis on this and each of our apprentices are valuable members of our team. Our policy is to promote from within and we now have managers within the business today who started with us as apprentices”.

T.O.M. recruits apprentices from its local community, working closely with schools in the local area to encourage young people to participate in work experience, a scheme which has produced several excellent apprentices to the business in recent years.

T.O.M. invests in its apprentices from day one, coaching them in particular disciplines within the business including light and heavy vehicle mechanics, partsmen, painters, panel beaters and coachbuilders, together with training from major manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen.

Apprenticeship disciplines continue to evolve and during 2015 the company has started its first new apprentices for Business Administration, Fleet Management and Rental Sales. The Apprenticeship programme will be rolled out to the English locations at Manchester and Nottingham before the year is out.

Second year van mechanic Scott Aagesen (pictured above learning on the job) said “I really enjoy working here and being a part of it. I have learnt a lot from the more experienced technicians and the Mercedes-Benz training courses and feel as though I am developing my skills all the time.”

Anyone interested in joining the team as an apprentice with TOM Vehicle Rental is invited to email their CV to