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National College of Motorsport awarded CoVE status

The National College for Motorsport has been confirmed as the first Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in the motor racing and high-performance engineering sector.

Alex Hooton, CEO of the British Racing Drivers Club visited the National College for Motorsport's stand at the exhibition to publicly accept the college's CoVE status from the Learning and Skills Council's Richard Greenwood.

The National College for Motorsport was set up to provide tailored training for those working in the high-performance engineering and motor racing arenas. In particular it aims to address the sector's shortage of technicians and mechanics.

The National College for Motorsport was set up to provide tailored training for those working in the high-performance engineering and motor racing arenas. In particular it aims to address the sector's shortage of technicians and mechanics.

Richard Greenwood, Executive Director at the Learning and Skills Council in Northamptonshire said, "The National College for Motorsport is an excellent example of how Further Education is responding to the needs of a particular sector through providing truly vocationally-focussed qualifications and training. The presence of Alex Hooton demonstrates how much this is valued by the motor racing industry."

Launched in 2001, CoVEs are centres of vocational learning, which have been awarded special status and funding by the Learning and Skills Council. The funding received by colleges must be used to improve training facilities and ensure that equipment is up to industry standards. Feedback on CoVEs to date has been positive. According to an independent report into CoVEs, four out of five employers praised the training delivered by CoVEs as "excellent" or "good".

Eric Newell, Director of the National College for Motorsport said, "We're delighted that the impact we are having in our sector has been recognised by the LSC through being awarded CoVE status. It helps to further increase our credibility and enables us to continue to improve the courses we provide. The opening of our fourth site at Silverstone, the heart of the British racing industry later this year, will be the next major step in our development."

The National College for Motorsport is a partnership between three Further Education providers in the heart of 'Motorsport Valley' - Tresham Institute in Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes College and Oxford and Cherwell College. It aims to provide the training and skills necessary to gain employment in the racing industry. Courses are aimed at race/rally mechanics progressing to Technician grade and focus on teaching practical craft skills combined with 'hands-on' experience of running different vehicles trackside.

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For further information about CoVEs visit: http://cove.lsc.gov.uk

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