Skills net

Skillnet Automotive Academy has been selected by Ford Motor Company to manage its national apprenticeship programme. The Ford Masters Apprenticeship Programme (FMAP) has 1,000 apprentices who will complete a three-year course, incorporating on-the-job training with local residential college tuition.

Ford College principal Mike Willis said: ‘The supply of the right number of potential apprentices, in the right locations is central to the success of the programme and Skillnet will provide a depth of experience that will ensure the programme leads the way in the automotive industry.’

Skillnet chief executive Lee Acton added: ‘We are looking forward to driving the Ford Masters Apprenticeship Programme to become the leading apprenticeship programme in, not only the automotive industry, but the work-based learning sector as a whole.’

In addition to the apprenticeship programme, Skillnet will introduce a web based reporting and communication system, accessible both by dealers and apprentices to check progress throughout the programme.

Skillnet is responsible for the management and delivery of training programmes for the full range of automotive mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines. This includes light and heavy vehicle repair, fast fit, vehicle body repair and vehicle refinishing. It also provides advice and support on other non-apprentice training needs, including assessing the availability of any funding assistance in qualifying cases.