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Nissan launches 2015 apprenticeship drive


Nissan is recruiting more than 25 new apprentices to join its five-year maintenance technician scheme at its Sunderland plant in the UK.

Starting in September, the new recruits will spend the first year full-time at Gateshead College, spending increasing amounts of time in the plant over the following four years. Once apprentices have completed their training, they’ll be responsible for keeping Nissan’s production line running smoothly 24 hours a day.

As well as in-house training, apprentices will receive a number of nationally recognised qualifications, including an extended certificate in Engineering, a HNC, as well as engineering NVQs.

Nissan currently has 187 apprentices on its books covering all areas of the business from the shop floor to the offices.

Managing director Kevin Fitzpatrick started his career through an apprenticeship, he said: “We will recruit at least 25 new maintenance technician apprentices. By the time our latest recruits serve their time they’ll have the practical skills and academic qualifications they need to succeed in the automotive industry and they will understand exactly what’s needed to keep Britain’s biggest car plant running smoothly.

“Apprenticeships have been critical to Nissan’s success in the UK, and I’d encourage firms of all shapes and sizes to look at them as a way of growing their business.”

Apprentice of the year last year, Stephen Bambrough (pictured), said: “I studied engineering at school and was considering going to University when the opportunity came up to become an apprentice at Nissan. I really enjoyed the practical side and was attracted to maintenance because it is much more hands than engineering.

“I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship, I got paid while I was learning and now I’ve got the confidence that comes with four years’ experience with Nissan as well as my qualifications. It has been a great way to start my career.”

Potential recruits will need to pass tests for aptitude and practical skills as well as an assessment day. Applications close on March 20 – for more information click here.

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