Vauxhall launched its UK wide Apprenticeship programme this week with the September 2011 intake recruiting 39 new apprentices.
The Apprenticeships will cover disciplines such as Engineering, Maintenance, Business Administration and Motor Technology. In partnership with Bedford College, apprentices will be placed at various locations in the South including the Vauxhall Van Plant in Luton, Vauxhall Engineering Centre (at Millbrook Proving Ground; a vehicle test and development facility), Vauxhall HQ and Toddington Warehouse. Some apprentices will also be placed into Vauxhall’s manufacturing plant in the North at Ellesmere Port, who are partnering with West Cheshire College.
Speaking from Vauxhall Van Plant Luton, Plant Director Mark Stein says it is excellent news for the British Motor Manufacturing Industry: “Until recently we weren’t in a position to take on apprentices but the decision in March to build the replacement Vivaro in Luton gives us a very solid future and it’s now more important than ever that we develop skilled apprentices”.
Julia Brady of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) says “Apprenticeships bring considerable value to organisations, employers, individuals and the economy. Businesses are now realising the enormous benefits that Apprenticeships create not only in terms of a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention”.
The apprentices from the southern sites gathered at Millbrook Proving Ground on 5th September to celebrate the launch and to begin their induction to Vauxhall Motors and their Apprenticeship programme.
Speaking to the apprentices at the launch event, Phil Millward, HR Director for UK and Ireland said “This is the first day of your working life, make the most of it. I was in your place 42 years ago and you can have an outstanding career with Vauxhall and General Motors (GM). We are looking for the managers and the leaders of tomorrow; we grow and develop our own people and get a lot of satisfaction from doing that. We will support your growth and development in our organisation and you will get the same academic opportunities as someone who goes to university. Last year we were awarded the honour of being one of Britain’s Top Employers so go for it and become a superstar of this company!”