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95% of 191-strong Kia dealer network has at least one apprentice

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The Kia apprenticeship programme has placed at least one apprentice in 95% of its dealer network, after 13 years of running.

Giving its 191 dealerships the chance to expand staffing and offer young people experience in the motor industry, the Kia apprenticeship programme aims to be an alternative to a “high cost” university education and celebrated its success during National Apprenticeship Week (March 5 to 9).

The programme, which has currently placed over 230 apprentices, is supported by the Kia Academy in Nottingham. Apprentices can learn by doing across four courses, and then return those skills to the workplace.

Ranging in length from two to three years, the apprenticeship programme offers courses such as light vehicle technician, service advisor, parts advisor and a combined service and parts role.

All four programmes offer formal qualifications as well as providing opportunities to build knowledge and confidence. 

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