Jason Plato is backing Unipart Automotiveâ€™s new Apprentice Scheme for Unipart Car Care Centres, which will start in September.
The former British Touring Car Championship champion â€“ sponsored by Unipart in 2009 â€“ said he relies on the work of well-trained mechanics throughout the racing season.
â€œI’m delighted to be working with Unipart this season, and I totally endorse the work they are doing to push the importance of continuous training in the industry,â€ said Plato.
â€œWithout the backing of engineers and mechanics who really know what theyâ€™re doing, I couldnâ€™t race with the confidence that I do today.
â€œEqually, I wouldnâ€™t take my own car to a garage without knowing that the people working on my car have the relevant training.
â€œGarages must realise that itâ€™s important to earn and keep the trust of motorists by ensuring they have the qualified staff to do the job.â€
Wendy Williamson, marketing director, Unipart Automotive, added: â€œWhen times are hard, itâ€™s tempting to cut back on training budgets but this often proves to be a false economy.
â€œBy continuing their commitment to training and high standards, garages can keep up to date with the latest technology and earn consumer trust, bringing in more customers.
â€œApprenticeships are just one way for garages to show this commitment.â€