NISSAN has seen 27 trainees graduate from a three-year apprenticeship course in 2019.
This year’s graduation ceremony was held at the Williams Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire, where national aftersales manager Geoff Ollier presented the apprentices with their certificates. Of the trainees, 25 qualified with an advanced level apprenticeship as service technicians and two with intermediate level apprenticeships in customer service.
The course, run by Bosch from Nissan’s new Technical Apprentice Alliance Training Centre in Doncaster, sees the students do block-release training at the centre while employed by a Nissan dealership and receiving hands-on experience with a mentor.
Kevin Abbs, director at Crayford and 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.’