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16/09/2020 - 16:52

There has never been a better time to skill and upskill your workforce by offering an Apprenticeship. In response to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, the government has introduced financial incentives of up to £2,000 for each Apprentice hired between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. In addition, the training will be paid for by the government or the Apprenticeship Levy.

If you are keen to employ one or more Apprentices at your dealership, you will need to find the right Apprenticeship Training Provider to support you and your learners. There are many...

02/09/2020 - 09:51

We are immensely proud to announce that Skillnet is featured in the Top 20 apprenticeship providers at the RateMyApprenticeship Awards .

Skillnet’s Managing Director, Eugene Lowry, is understandably thrilled: “This award is recognition of the quality of our training courses, as well as the hard work and dedication of our Skills Coaches. Our job is not only to ensure that our Apprentices reach their learning goals, but also to ensure they develop the personal qualities they need in...

13/08/2020 - 10:00

When you first contact Skillnet to start the process of applying for an apprenticeship, we’ll ask you to do an Apprentice aptitude test. The test is designed to give us a better idea of your skills, experience and personality which will help us enormously in finding you an Apprenticeship that’s perfect for you.

Once you’ve registered on the website, a member of the recruitment team will be in touch within 24 hours for an initial chat. They will talk to you about the type of Apprenticeship you’re looking for. If you’re not sure, we’ll talk it through with you. We’ll also ask you a...

10/08/2020 - 09:57

Skillnet, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of Apprenticeship training to the automotive industry, has donated £10,000 to Ascot Road Community Free School in Watford.

The school opened its doors in 2014 and is about to prepare its first-ever Year 6 classes. Skillnet’s donation will be used to restock the library and to create individual reading pods and an outdoor reading shed for key stage 1 pupils. All classroom libraries will also get a new suite of books relevant to each age group which will both inspire and reflect the school’s diverse community.

To top it all off the...

03/08/2020 - 10:34

Skillnet Limited , the UK’s largest specialist Apprenticeship Training Provider for the automotive sector, has announced the appointment of Ian Wiggans as its new Operations Director.

With a successful track record in change management and operational leadership, Ian has worked in roles that cover Support Services, Civil Engineering, Project & Programme Management, and IT. He has experience of operational roles in the Training Sector which also included the delivery of Apprenticeship Training.

He succeeds Eugene Lowry who has been promoted to the role of Skillnet’s...

14/07/2020 - 09:39

Apprenticeships in the automotive industry cover a wide range of specialist areas. From motor vehicle engineering and technician roles right through to servicing, sales, customer service and management, there is an exciting apprenticeship foundation available to you if you are passionate about the automotive sector and are looking to develop your skills and earn while you learn.

With unemployment numbers rising and increasing job scarcity looming post-COVID-19, an automotive Apprenticeship will give you all the benefits of job stability with a structured training schedule and a...

14/07/2020 - 09:30

It’s a tricky situation when you’re seventeen and faced with making an Apprenticeship vs University decision which will likely impact the course of your working career. At this stage in your life, you will have been primarily focusing on studying for your A Levels or equivalent qualifications but your teachers and careers advisors will also be encouraging you to think about the future and what the next steps will be for you. So what options are there and how do you decide what’s best for you?

Spoilt for choice

Some of us are lucky enough to know from a young age what our career...

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...