Facility a boost to auto-training

Pupils at a school in Cheshire are to benefit from a new state-of-the-art auto-training centre which could help produce the motor engineers of the future.

The RAC facility at Great Sankey High School, in Warrington, will enable over 80 pupils a week to undergo training by RAC professionals and gain qualifications in motor-vehicle engineering.

The scheme is an addition to the RAC's established apprentice and technical training provision for vehicle manufacturers. It will enable students to gain an Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) recognised Technical Certificate, allowing them to work towards an Engineering Diploma if they continue with training until the age of 19.

As part of the initiative, students will have the opportunity to join RAC-supported apprenticeship programmes once they have completed the course. They will get to work with local motor traders who can provide work placements for successful students.

Damian O'Connor, RAC's head of technical support, said: "It is vital to attract new talent into the industry and educate students about wider technical subjects such as electronics and IT programming early on, as vehicle technology becomes increasingly sophisticated."

"We hope to attract people that would not normally think of applying for jobs in the automotive industry and demonstrate that the programme can create opportunities to move into a wide variety of automotive engineering disciplines, such as vehicle systems, design and manufacturing."

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