Automotive students at Burton and South Derbyshire College were recently given a masterclass in car valeting by professional valeting company, Autoclenz.
Representatives from Autoclenz, visited automotive students at the College to deliver an enriching session on how to professionally valet a car.
Students then used the skills they had learnt to deliver their own car check and valeting service for cars owned by college staff as part of a week-long charity car valeting event.
The students booked cars in from across the College and provided a service which included a pre-MOT check and an interior and exterior valet, all in exchange for a donation to road safety charity, Brake.
Jon Harding, Regional Manager, from Autoclenz said: “We’re pleased that the demonstration carried out was worthwhile to students and gave an insight into professional valeting. We are always trying to introduce professional valeting to a wider audience, so this was a great opportunity to help us attract younger people into the industry. The mutual benefits are plain to see, with Autoclenz being able to share with the students some of the latest techniques and technology covering numerous sectors within the automotive industry, whilst we as a business have the opportunity to listen to the thoughts and innovative ideas of the next generation of skilled people”.
Students used the project as an opportunity to gain work experience with real customers in a realistic automotive workshop environment. During the week, students worked to deadlines and quality standards, whilst gaining an understanding of the range of roles involved in the process.
Martin Ward, Managing Director, from Autoclenz said “With our service offerings including vehicle presentation maintenance, valeting of new and used vehicles, delivery and collection services, alloy wheel repairs, as well as paint, bodyshop and management opportunities, I believe that Autoclenz can demonstrate a proven career journey for young people who show an interest in working in the automotive sector and it is great to be able to give students a taste of where that journey may begin”.
Peter Brochocki, Deputy Director of Curriculum for Automotive at BSDC said: “We would like to thank Autoclenz for giving students a masterclass in car valeting. The project is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience, providing a high-quality service and meeting customer expectations. It is also a good way for students to use their skills to raise money for Brake, which is an extremely worthwhile cause.”