Nescot is going into partnership with Epsom car dealership Shelly Motors to offer apprenticeships in Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
The innovative partnership will see Nescot students spending one day a week being taught by a Shelly Motors trainer at the company’s Felstead Road garage, and the rest in paid employment.
"Nescot has been working towards providing courses in Motor Vehicle Maintenance for some time, so we’re very proud to be launching these apprenticeships," said Mohan Chana, Director of Employer Engagement.
"We know there is a big demand for these courses in the area, and we’re particularly looking forward to working with Shelly Motors.
"Our apprentices will be trained using some of the most up-to-date engineering and technology in the motor industry."
Shelly Motors, Surrey’s flagship Kia dealership, was established by Jack Shelly in Hawaii in the 1950s, and taken over by his son Tony, a Formula One racing driver.
Tony’s son Andrew started washing cars in the family business aged 15, and is now Managing Director. The Epsom branch was opened by racing driver Sir Stirling Moss OBE in March last year.
"Investing in the future of our business and our industry is very important to Shelly Motors, and these new apprenticeships represent a good way of doing that," Andrew said.
"We’re looking forward to welcoming our first apprentices together with the support of Nescot, and seeing them go from strength to strength."
As well as passing the entry requirements and passing interviews by staff from Nescot and Shelly Motors, candidates must also have a relevant full-time job.
Anyone who passes the minimum entry requirements but does not have a job can contact the REED NCFE Centre, where staff can help current and prospective students find and apply for jobs.
An apprenticeship enables anyone aged 16 and over to learn a profession by combining knowledge and skills gained in the classroom with practical experience in the workplace.
Nescot offers intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships in subjects from IT, Management, Business Administration and Customer Service to Barbering, Animal Care, Childcare and Construction.
Apprenticeships take one to four years to complete, depending on the level, with students often progressing to the next level at Nescot or going on to study at university.
For more information about the apprenticeship contact call Dr Chana on 020 8394 3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and to find out more about how the REED NCFE Centre could help you call 020 8394 3051 email@example.com