The new facility will be used as Volkswagen’s apprentice training centre, employing resources to train and develop new technicians and staff.
Volkswagen will aim to train around 1,000 apprentices each year by the ‘Apprentice Learning Division’ of the Carter & Carter group. They will follow a three-year advanced apprenticeship programme specific to each of the Volkswagen group brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, Seat and Volkswagen commercial vehicles.
The programmes include individual courses in different disciplines to provide specific training for service, parts and body and paint technicians.
The new 30,000 square foot two storey building has six workshops and eight seminar rooms.
Phillip Carter, chief executive of Carter & Carter said: “An apprenticeship is an attractive alternative to university education, offering young people excellent career prospects and remuneration packages. Young people, both male and female from various cultural backgrounds, will undertake classroom and workshop based learning with us at the new facility.”
Richard Welch, group technical training manager for the Volkswagen Group said: “We are delighted to add this new facility to our current training portfolio. It gives us additional scope for training new apprentices who in turn become our future technical and workshop experts. Having highly skilled staff means we can ensure the Volkswagen Group delivers the highest quality standards to its customers.”
Two apprentices with Robin Woolcock, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK (far right) with Phillip Carter, chief executive of Carter & Carter Group (far left).