Nissan has seen 27 trainees graduate from a three-year apprenticeship in 2019.
This year’s graduation was held at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Oxfordshire in November, where National Aftersales Manager Geoff Ollier presented the apprentices with their certificates. Of the apprentices, 25 qualified with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle and two with an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Customer Service.
The course, run by Bosch from Nissan’s new Technical Apprentice Alliance Training Centre in Doncaster, requires the students to do block release training at the centre while employed by a Nissan dealership and receiving hands on experience with an appointed mentor.
Kevin Abbs, Director at Crayford & Abbs, a Nissan dealership that employs apprentices through the scheme, said: “We have recently seen two of our team graduate, but not only did they graduate, they prospered by the professional network within the training teams. They have made friends for life that they will be able to call on for advice and direction as they further their careers.
“The training programme has been a pleasure to work with and the lads have really enjoyed them. Meanwhile, we have pleasure watching their knowledge and confidence grow, which of course benefits us within our business.”
Nissan Academy Manager Catherine Hogarty commented: “The Advanced Apprenticeship Programme is immensely important to Nissan, both as a manufacturer and a brand. Highly skilled technical staff are crucial to our business with the rapid progression of automotive technology.
“Over the coming few years we will be continuing our progression in connected automotive technology, launching several key new products and advancements in Nissan Intelligent Mobility. It’s of the utmost importance that we are recruiting the best candidates possible in order to prepare for the upcoming technological advancements across our industry.”
Header image: George Leeder (L) collects his certificate from Geoff Ollier (R)