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New training programme for ex MG Rover and Peugeot workers

Ex MG Rover, supply chain and Peugeot staff made redundant last year can take advantage of a re-employment training programme launched by the Automotive Academy.

The scheme will be launched on January 31 at an open day at South Birmingham College's Digbeth Auditorium in Birmingham city centre.

Up to 100 candidates will then participate in a pilot programme funded by the Learning and Skills Council. Further programmes, which are free to candidates, will be run and the programme will also be considered for rolling out nationally, subject to the success of the pilot and funding arrangements.

The Academy is working alongside Job Centre Plus which will send information to qualifying people in the West Midlands, including over 2,000 former employees of Longbridge, its former suppliers, and Peugeot's Ryton facility.

The re-employment training programme is a 15-week training package resulting in the award of an Academy 'skills passport'. Comprehensive training in engineering operations is supplemented by the Academy's Business Improvement Techniques Level 2 course, which includes live assembly operations and a visit to a 'best practice' company. This will prove to potential employers that the candidate possesses all the key skills to go straight into any production environment. Candidates will also be guaranteed a job interview with the possibility of working for a number of major automotive manufacturers.

  • For those interested in joining this free programme, please call on 0121 452 5517 by January 26.
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