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Women in Automotive

Building an inclusive workplace

The drive towards a world of work where all employees are empowered to thrive. And, whilst diversity and inclusion often go hand in hand, inclusion is fundamentally about individual experience and allowing everyone at work to contribute and feel a part of an organisation.

Protyre – one of the UK’s largest tyre retailers – marked National Apprentice Week 2019 by taking on its 100th apprentice in this year's intake and drive forward with plans to recruit more female mechanics through its apprenticeship scheme.

As a group we are already aware of the benefits of building an inclusive and diverse workforce. Our focus is to hire the right person for the right job with the right skills regardless of their gender. We do however work in an industry that is predominantly male orientated and we want to promote the fact we have female Mechanics, Site Managers, Transport Managers and Sales Teams, not to mention the more common roles in Finance, IT and HR. We recognise the value diversity brings, different people with different backgrounds, we are proud to say we have increased our female population by 125% in the last 5 years.

Don’t just take our word for it!

Read some testimonials from some of the many women of Micheldever Group Ltd:

Hannah Shaw

Tyre Fitter at Elmbridge Tyres - Team Protyre

Hannah is a tyre fitter at one of our retail garages, Elmbridge Tyres – Team Protyre, in Swadlincote, fitting tyres to anything from wheel barrows, to large agricultural vehicles. Hannah also does front of house customer service and out of hours call outs for commercial vehicles:

“I got into tyre fitting by chance really, I have always been a hands-on person that loves to work outside. I have worked as a farmer all my life really as I was bought up on a farm so did this before I started tyre fitting. The job came up while the company was still under the original owners at Elmbridge tyres which was also my family’s business. The job for a tyre fitter came up and I thought why not I enjoy physical work so I’ll give it a try. Four years on (exactly on the 10th of march) I absolutely love it! I never dreamed I’d become a tyre fitter but I’ve never looked back I really enjoy it”

Mandy Mosley

Mobile Tyre Fitting Manager at Hawleys Tyres - Team Protyre

Mandy started her career as an Account Manager and progressed up to the role of Mobile Fitting Manager at Hawleys Tyres - Team Protyre. Below is her story:

"I started working for Hawley’s back in 2007 as an account manager, the owners recognised my eye for detail and I moved into the position of mobile manager.

This job allows me to work with lots of different people and no two days are ever the same which I really enjoy. I am very proud of the team I have built and to be able to deliver great customer service within my job role.

In November 2015 Hawley’s Tyres was taken over by Protyre which I found to be a new and exciting time with lots of new opportunities for me to sharpen my skills within a much larger business. The experience I have gained over the years working with various businesses gives me a good understanding on what great customer service is, I will use these skills within the Protyre network to my full advantage which will add value to the business"

Debbie Connolly

Wholesale Manager at Tyreland Southampton - Team Protyre

Debbie started her journey at Micheldever Group Ltd as a tyre delivery driver for local garages working her way up to Wholesale Manager:

"I was delivering to hundreds of customers throughout the South coast and delivering on behalf of Winnall warehouse. I have a very good, friendly, strong team of 12 working with me that’s why we are where we are now. I enjoy my job and every day is different. A great environment to work in."

Sue Ollier

Truck Operations Manager

Sue is currently a Truck Operations Manager for Protyre. Below she recalls her journey with Micheldever Group Ltd

"I started in the industry in 1976 as a receptionist I have always loved working with my colleagues and our customers. I have met many different people over the years and have built up a strong customer base and relationship with them.

I have always made it my goal to know all sides of the business as I felt this way I could achieve my goal to become a Manager and more. I have always been interested in the commercial truck side of the business and I am due to start a new role on the operations side of truck for the north also the roll out of e job sheets. I also help with acquisitions which involves training on our systems and helping to ease staff transition from one company to another. I feel that working for Protyre can give many opportunities to women as all roles are accessible to women from apprenticeships to management"

Recruiting female apprentices just the start...

The retail arm of Micheldever Group Ltd, Protyre, marked their achievement of taking on their 100th apprentice by driving forward with plans to recruit more female apprentices onto the successful Protyre Apprenticeship Scheme. In doing this, Micheldever Group Ltd can provide young females with a platform to achieve industry-recognised qualifications and fantastic career progression opportunities, with an overall aim to equal the gender scope of what is commonly-renowned as a male-orientated working environment.

Recruitment day video:

To raise awareness of the Apprenticeship Scheme and the female-orientated recruitment drive, Protyre held a workshop and recruitment event at one of its garages in Plymouth. The event was on International Women’s Day where aspiring young female mechanics, who attended through their involvement with the Plymouth training charity, Norporo Training, could get to grips with the process of running of a successful auto garage.

There was also a chat and Q & A with Protyre Faringdon centre manager Nikki Ham about her rise through the Protyre ranks, along with the opportunity to see a new, inspiring video from existing Protyre apprentice; Chloe about her own experiences within the industry.

If you are looking for a new career in the Motor Industry, look no further than Micheldever Tyres Ltd…fantastic career progression, diverse job opportunities, family feel - what are you waiting for?!

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