Ford is pumping millions of pounds into a brand new training centre to improve the skills of staff working in its extensive UK network of dealerships.
The new base in the Northamptonshire town of Daventry will enhance the skills of its motoring technicians, sales executives and management teams and bring the operations at its Technical Training Centre, also in Daventry and Loughborough's Henry Ford College together onto one site, the company says.
Ford already has a massive Parts Distribution Centre in Daventry and the new training centre, set to open next year, will be built as an extension to it.
It will have classrooms, an auditorium capable of seating 200 people, a lounge, restaurant and a showroom.
The centre will teach courses at a variety of levels, including Diploma and Masters degrees and the Ford Masters Apprenticeship Scheme that offers vocational training to 450 people every year.
Other IT, business and engineering apprenticeships will also be available.
Construction on the new site is expected to be completed in December 2014, and is scheduled to open in early 2015.
Copyright Press Association 2014