SsangYong Motors UK has launched its inaugural vehicle technician apprenticeship, which is nationally-recognised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
According to the Korean car brand’s UK operation, the new programme has been designed specifically to “maximise on-the-job training whilst minimising time away from the dealership” for staff at its franchises.
Doug Lincoln, aftersales director of SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We’re delighted to launch our very first apprenticeship programme and we are firmly committed to developing future talent at SsangYong.
“We want to attract enthusiastic individuals into the industry who can help ease the shortage of skilled staff and provide technical expertise to support our expanding dealer network.
“A total of fourteen SsangYong franchised dealers have signed up to the programme so far.”
SsangYong Motors UK’s programme is run by a fully-qualified, dedicated team who ensure that every candidate receives comprehensive training on the latest vehicles, specialist tools, industry technologies, diagnostic equipment, IT systems and customer handling techniques.
The programme is three years in duration and includes eight, one-week long modules per year, delivered at the SsangYong Academy in Nottingham.
As well as containing information on training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an End-Point Assessment where an independent organisation is involved – this ensures all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.