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Since its beginnings as a small, family-run business over 24 years ago, T.O.M. Vehicle Rental has always prided itself on being a part of its local community and has grown into one of its local area’s largest private employers.

T.O.M. currently employs 76 Scottish Apprentices as part of its workforce and plans to invite another 18 to join the business over the summer further to announcing plans which expect to see the company’s fleet of vehicles double to around 18,000 vehicles by 2018.

With its efforts in providing great opportunities for apprentices, it was a natural decision for T.O.M. to join The 5% Club and the company looks forward to striving towards a brighter future for young people with the other members.


The aim of T.O.M’s apprenticeship scheme is to help develop young people in trades in a positive working environment as part of a diverse team who are collectively tasked with ‘making it happen’ for rental customers across the country.

Company Founder and Chief Executive, Jim Rafferty knows the benefits of a good apprenticeship. He started as an apprentice with a Ford garage in the local area and has always been passionate about ensuring that others are offered the same opportunities that he enjoyed.

“As we grow, we will continue to invest in young people through our Apprenticeship scheme. This safeguards skilled labour succession within our business which ultimately means we can continue to deliver the highest service levels to our customers. We place great emphasis on this and each of our apprentices are valuable members of our team”.

T.O.M. recruits apprentices from its local community, working closely with schools in the local area to encourage young people to participate in work experience, a scheme which has provided several excellent apprentices to the business in recent years.


T.O.M. invests in its apprentices from day one, coaching them in particular disciplines within the business including light and heavy vehicle mechanics, partsmen, painters, panel beaters and coachbuilders, together with training from major manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen Cars, Vans and HGVs. The areas in which T.O.M. trains apprentices continues to evolve and during 2015 the company has started its first new apprentices for Business Administration, Fleet Management and Rental Sales.

Second year van mechanic Scott Aagesen (pictured below) said “I really enjoy working at T.O.M. and being a part of it. I have learnt a lot from the more experienced technicians and the Mercedes-Benz training courses and feel as though I am developing all the time”

Anyone interested in joining T.O.M. Vehicle Rental as an apprentice is invited to email their CV to apprentices@tomvehiclerental.com

To find out more information about T.O.M. Vehicle Rental please visit www.tomvehiclerental.com

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk.

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