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Crash launches ‘Bodyshop Apprentice Scholarship’

A new Scholarship Scheme has been launched to attract more apprentices into the Northern Ireland car body repair industry, following a link up between a leading accident management firm and training provider.

The Crash Services ‘Bodyshop Apprentice Scholarship’ in partnership with Riverpark Training and Development, which will see two awards each year for an initial three year period. The Scholarship is worth £10,000 to each apprentice during their three year training.

L-R: Paul Cooney, Fleet and Repair Director of CRASH Services, Jonathan McKeown, CEO of Crash Services and Colin Hagan, Managing Director of Riverpark Training

Jonathan McKeown, CEO of Crash Services said: “It is vitally important that new apprentices are encouraged to come into the car bodyshop industry. This is a highly skilled trade and we want to ensure there is vibrant repair sector.

“We are very impressed with the passion and commitment of Colin Hagan and his team at Riverpark, to develop the next generation of talent for the trade. We would encourage anyone with a keen interest in cars to consider this scholarship.”

Colin Hagan, Managing Director at Riverpark Training commented: “We are the leading provider in Northern Ireland that trains predominately for the Automotive Industry.

“We have a long history of working closely with industry partners to ensure apprentices are developed to a high standard. Indeed, our trainees regularly achieve International Awards for their skills.

“We very much welcome the Scholarship scheme that Crash have launched and it will be good incentive to those apprentices who are selected.”

Crash Services is Northern Ireland’s leading accident management company. It works with over 12o bodyshops to assist its clients involved in collisions and offers a one stop shop service including collision investigation, replacement vehicles, legal and medical assistance.

For information on car body apprentices and details of how to apply for a scholarship, please contact 028 90 342400 or visit

Applications are now being invited and should be submitted by June 30, 2019.