The Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, has officially opened the Henry Ford Academy, a new, state-of-the-art training facility at Daventry in Northamptonshire.
Accompanied by Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt, the Minister toured the facility and as well as meeting a number of apprentices, he also had the opportunity to demonstrate some of his own skills.
Nick Boles MP, said: “Apprenticeships deliver the high quality and technical training our young people need to succeed. Ford is helping to develop a new generation of engineers and technicians.
“I hope more businesses can be inspired to get involved and help create three million new apprentices by 2020.”
Andy Barratt, said: “With the latest Ford vehicles now demonstrating technology leadership, it is important that our dealer teams receive the highest quality technical and product training. This world-class new facility enables us to do just that.”
Representing a multi-million pound investment, the Academy merges the capabilities of two previous Ford colleges – the Technical Training Centre located separately at Daventry, and the Henry Ford College in Loughborough – to provide training for technicians, sales staff and management throughout Ford’s national dealer network.
The Henry Ford Academy occupies a new building that is an extension to the existing 150,000 square-metre Parts Distribution Centre on the Daventry site. It delivers courses to adult learners up to Diploma and Masters Degree level, as well as students taking the successful Ford Masters Apprenticeship programmes. The two-level building includes workshop areas, classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium and a vehicle showroom, as well as a rest area and a large restaurant.