New jobs created as BT expands garage operation in Lutterworth
BT has expanded services at its garage at Magna Park in Lutterworth, creating new jobs and paving the way for future recruitment.
The garage is part of the BT Fleet 500-strong garage network, of which 65 are owned outright by the company. It has been selected as one of a very strictly limited number of approved privatised testing providers for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). New equipment and an upgrade to facilities means the garage is now an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and large goods vehicles (LGVs) in addition to the many services already offered for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and cars.
This investment has already led to a two new technicians and new full-time receptionist being recruited at the garage. UK-wide BT Fleet is currently recruiting 50 mechanical motor technicians and also plans to recruit around 40 new apprentices next year to join teams across the garage network.
18 people are currently employed at the Lutterworth site, which services and repairs vehicles for many well-known local companies, such as Rugby Borough Council, Swift Valley Coaches, Philips Commercial, Midland Commercial.
Mark Wolfe, BT Fleet’s head of garages service UK, said: "We pride ourselves on recognising and responding to customer demand and following a recent reduction in Authorised Testing Facility locations by the DVSA it was becoming increasingly challenging for local fleets to find convenient test centres.
“This investment here at the Lutterworth site has enabled us to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution. Local businesses whether large organisations or small enterprises, can now come to us for everything from new tyres right through to annual testing of HGVs.
“It has also led to the creation oftwo full time jobs and we hope that there will be further recruitment down the line as word gets out about the new services on offer.”
Owen Moody, BT’s regional director for the East Midlands, added: “This is good news for Lutterworth. As well as continuing to invest in our operations in the town we are also expanding the services we offer to local businesses, which will hopefully cut their travel time for both routine maintenance and annual vehicle checks, ultimately saving them time and money.”