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Volkswagen opens new apprentice training facility

Volkswagen Group UK has opened a new apprentice training facility in Nottingham in partnership with Carter & Carter Group plc.

Around 1,000 Volkswagen Group apprentices will be trained each year at the centre by the Apprentice Learning Division of the Carter & Carter Group.

They will follow a three-year Advanced Apprenticeship Programme specific to each of the Volkswagen Group brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The programmes, in turn, comprise individual courses in different disciplines to provide specific training for service, parts and body and paint technicians.

The Volkswagen Group programme is one of the largest government-funded Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes in the UK.

The new building, which features six workshops and eight seminar rooms, is also home to the new head office of the Carter & Carter Group. Other Carter & Carter training facilities are situated adjacent to the new building.

Phillip J. Carter, chief executive of Carter & Carter Group said: "The opening of this new centre marks an important expansion of a national network of high quality training facilities operated by Carter & Carter and is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved through partnerships between private providers, employers and the Learning and Skills Council.

"An apprenticeship is an attractive alternative to university education, offering young people excellent career prospects and remuneration packages. Young people, both male and female from various cultural backgrounds, will undertake classroom and workshop based learning with us at the new facility. Combined with e- and distance learning plus supervised assessment and training in the workplace, we deliver a blended learning experience that is brand specific and therefore perfectly suited to the needs of the Volkswagen Group.'

Richard Welch, group technical training manager for the Volkswagen Group said: "We are delighted to add this new facility to our current training portfolio. It gives us additional scope for training new apprentices who in turn become our future technical and workshop experts. Having highly skilled staff means we can ensure the Volkswagen Group delivers the highest quality standards to its customers."

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