The challenging economy has seen more than 100 full-time students in the past month embark upon a six-month initial training course towards a Level 2 qualification in car maintenance, in partnership with Swindon College, which has filled the Academy to almost capacity.
Having celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its £1 million refurbished training centre, S&B has achieved its ambitious target of increasing student numbers by 20% during 2012 and also signing up more than 60 new employers to take on apprentices. At 455, the total number of apprentices is the most the Academy has had at any time in its 41-year history.
With a proposed plan of expanding its facilities to create an automotive training campus over the next 18 months, the Academy is confident that it will exceed last year’s record-breaking success rate of 85% in the number of apprentices graduating, which was 9% higher than the national benchmark figure for the automotive sector.
Having recently won the Institute of the Motor Industry’s Outstanding Approved Training Centre of the Year Award for the second time in succession, Jon Winter, Chief Executive, S&B Automotive Academy, said:
“It really has been something of an Olympic year for S&B as the Academy continues to deliver on its promises of providing cutting edge automotive training that meets the needs of employers. The team here has worked extremely hard to make the learning environment amongst the best in the country, so we’re delighted to be attracting new recruits who are keen to start a career in this dynamic and competitive sector.”