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Academy lobbies for extra funds

The Automotive Academy is planning to put pressure on funding bodies to direct their resources towards accredited training schemes.

The Academy, set up to ensure Britain’s car manufacturers and Tier One suppliers have access to world-leading training from shop floor to boardroom, has around 2,500 courses to validate.

It is looking for independent accreditors to help this process, which it estimates could take more than two years to complete.

“We expect around 10% of the 2,500 courses to make validation and we will go to the funding bodies and tell them they should be funding those courses,” says Roy Leatham, Automotive Academy marketing and communications manager. “Some funding bodies have already agreed in principle.”

Automotive Academy, which has been allocated £15m by the Department for Trade and Industry over the next five years, has already set up three training courses after identifying a shortfall in the market. They are: industry leaders, team leaders and new graduate programme.

Each takes elements from existing courses tailored to automotive industry needs.

“We want to get Kitemark-type recognition for our validations which will raise the standard of training and help the industry to compete better on the world stage,” Leatham, a former Quinton Hazell executive, adds.

Automotive Academy will be holding a workshop session in the Midlands on September 21 where carmakers will be encouraged to offer their views on its future.

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