Central College Nottingham has signed a five-year apprenticeship training deal with South Korean motor vehicle manufacturer Hyundai.
The agreement has seen Hyundai rent workshop and office space at the college’s EMTEC centre in Ruddington, near Nottingham, to create a regional training facility away from their High Wycombe headquarters.
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Central College Principal Malcolm Cowgill said: “The College is delighted to have committed to work with a major motor manufacturer in a programme that will create hundreds of new apprenticeships for young people looking for a career in the motor industry.”
Around 100 apprentices aged 16-22 from dealerships across the country currently come for block training from EMTEC trainers and assessors. The target is to boost this to over 210 apprentices over the five years.
Rebecca Hurrell, Academy Manager at Hyundai Motor UK LTD said: “I am delighted that EMTEC is now providing our Technical, Parts and Customer Service Apprentice Programmes for the Hyundai Network. This means we can deliver training from both our High Wycombe and Nottingham Academies, offering young people industry recognised qualifications and a future career pathway with Hyundai.”
The three-year programme has vacancies in dealerships across the country in areas such as service and parts advisors, vehicle technicians and body shop repair. EMTEC will focus on producing the Hyundai Expert Technicians of the future who will be required to work on the market leading products that Hyundai develop now and in years to come.
Hyundai recently introduced the world’s first production model Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle and this year will be launching the Ioniq the first car in the world to offer separate hybrid, full electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains within one body type.
Andy Moore, EMTEC Managing Director said: “Signing this multi-year contract to manage and deliver the Hyundai National Apprenticeship Programme and adult training from our specialist facilities in Nottingham is fantastic news and a privilege for EMTEC.
“Hyundai are at the very forefront of technical innovation with their latest range of vehicles and through this apprenticeship programme we can jointly offer some of the most exciting technical and non-technical opportunities for young people both locally and across the UK to access a great career with great training whilst getting paid.
“Our recruitment team are constantly seeking applications from all individuals who have the right attitude and desire to join this programme.”