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26/06/2020 - 11:33

Quality of service is high up on our agenda at Skillnet so we are delighted to announce that our matrix Standard Certification has been approved and renewed again this year.

The matrix Standard is a framework which has been developed by the Department for Education for educational organisations and gives them the opportunity to assess and measure the effectiveness and validity of the services they offer to their students, in particular with regards to the ways in which they deliver information, advice and guidance.

As a training provider to the UK motor industry since 1997...

02/06/2020 - 11:38

Skillnet Limited, the UK’s largest specialist Apprenticeship Training Provider for the automotive sector today announced the appointment of Eugene Lowry as their new Managing Director.

He succeeds Lee Acton who has been the Chief Executive of Skillnet since he acquired the business in 2006, and who now takes up the post of Chairman and retains his shareholding. He says ”It’s my real pleasure to be able to announce this appointment today. After an exhaustive search and selection process, it’s great to be able to appoint from within knowing that...

09/01/2020 - 15:43

Skillnet Apprentices won two gold medals, one silver and one “highly commended” award at November’s World Skills Competition and were duly recognised as the top training provider in the country.

Chief Executive Lee Acton is obviously delighted: “Being recognised as the top-performing training provider in the UK is an absolutely fantastic achievement and one that we at Skillnet are naturally extremely proud of”.

Building on his success of being “highly commended” Ford apprentice Matthew Bundy has been shortlisted to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Shanghai in...

20/12/2019 - 09:38

Andrew Mason only passed his apprenticeship in 2017, but he’s already done so well that, even at the tender age of 21, he’s already climbed the career ladder to be a Skills Coach at Skillnet.

When he was younger, he knew he wanted a hands-on job, so an apprenticeship was ideal for him. He worked as an HGV technical apprentice with Ford & Slater in Corby and really enjoyed the practical side of his work. Through his apprenticeship, he discovered his skills were broader than he’d expected.

Once Andrew qualified, his career progressed at an incredible rate

“In the year...

05/12/2019 - 14:55

David Cross is the Southern District Manager for Ford’s Customer Service Division. He has worked with Ford for 23 years, steadily climbing up the career ladder. Here David shares his thoughts on apprenticeships and career progression in the industry.

After a year working a dealership parts department, I began my Ford Toolmaker Apprenticeship, attending Havering and Barking technical colleges. I had two years in the training centre, followed by another two years alternating between working two weeks in a plant and one week in college. I qualified in 2000 with an Advanced...

05/12/2019 - 14:46

There are many advantages to doing an apprenticeship, and the main one is money. Being able to earn a living at the same time as learning a trade is a compelling reason to apply for an apprenticeship and suits many school leavers.

However, if you think that doing an apprenticeship will be an easier option than doing a degree, think again. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service ( UCAS ) advises: “Holding down a full-time job and studying takes commitment and hard work, and it won’t be right for everyone. You’ll need to prove yourself in the...

22/11/2019 - 09:27
Dave Jolles has recently started work at Skillnet as our Skills Coach & Safeguarding Officer for London & South East. Before joining us, Dave worked in non-technical roles in the automotive industry for more than 25 years, and he began his career after leaving school by starting a light commercial and heavy goods vehicle apprenticeship in 1990. Two years into his Apprenticeship, Dave began helping out more and more in the office and realised he preferred doing the non-technical work rather than the hands-on mechanics. So when an opening came up, he moved to the warranty office where...
14/11/2019 - 12:58

If you’re thinking of applying for an Apprenticeship in the automotive industry, there are many advantages and reasons to be considering an Apprenticeship as a route into the industry. We've put together a list of five of the top reasons why you should consider doing an automotive Apprenticeship and there is no better time to start than right now:

1.) An automotive Apprenticeship doesn’t have to be mechanical

If you love cars or lorries but don’t want to do a mechanical, technical role, there are plenty of non-technical Apprenticeships available in the automotive industry,...

05/11/2019 - 10:28

Sadly, the Apprenticeship Levy isn’t working as intended, and business leaders are calling for changes to be made in order to encourage greater take-up. The main problem is that many businesses are still unclear about how the system works and the Standards funding for some qualifications is not enough to pay for the delivery, resulting in a drop in the number of apprenticeships offered.

The CBI and FE Week have separately highlighted some sobering statistics that have emerged since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017:

51% drop in the number of young people...
04/04/2019 - 11:18

As ever, Skillnet got fully involved with National Apprenticeship Week in March. NAW is organised by the UK government as a celebration of the skills and abilities of apprentices all over the country, and we encouraged dealers throughout the Ford and DAF networks to join in the fun!

The Wheel Change Challenge

We set our technical apprentices a challenge to compete against their supervisors and more experienced colleagues – everyone had to change a wheel in a set sequence against the clock to see who could complete the task in the quickest time. Ashley...