SsangYong vehicle technicians have completed first module of the brands inaugural apprenticeship programme for Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technicians.
Mark Burrows, aftersales director at SsangYong Motors UK, said “I am delighted to welcome our new apprentices to this great brand, and commencing the journey in developing our technicians of the future.”
The SsangYong programme is nationally recognised by the IMI was launched in April 2019 and has been designed specifically to maximise on-the-job training whilst minimising time away from the dealership. The programme is run by a fully qualified, dedicated EMTEC 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.
Jon Rawson, head of operations at EMTEC, said; “It’s great to see EMTEC and Nottingham College’s relationship with SsangYong growing. We started working together just under two years ago, after an opportunity arose to provide a home for the adult training programme. The natural progression for that initial work was to collaborate and launch the apprenticeship programme to further support the SsangYong dealer network with developing new talent into their workforce, and what better way than to link the two programmes together so apprentices get to develop their knowledge and skills on the same vehicles that they work on back in the dealership.”
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.
Playing on the Tivoli brand strapline, apprentice Alex Gilbert of Rodgers of Plymouth, said; “I am proud to be one of the first ever SsangYong apprentices and to be given the opportunity to work with this superb south Korean brand. I lov it!”
Jonathan Wheeler, who is an apprentice at Chandlers SsangYong in Reading, added; “I have really enjoyed the first module of the course and I am looking forward to more challenges and gaining more experience. I was a tyre fitter but saw my future with a car manufacturer. This opportunity was too good to pass up.”
MADE IN KOREA
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.
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