Course Type: Full Time

Ford Engineering Academy Level 1

  • Course Code TRAINEE04
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 6 months
  • Campus Skills Academy - Automotive

Applications for this programme are now on hold until after our Selection Day in June. If you would still like to register your interest and be placed on our waiting list, please complete the application form on this page.

Ford Engineering, one of the most successful engineering businesses in our region, has teamed up with Gateshead College to set up the Ford Engineering Academy.

Designed to help you to build the skills, knowledge and confidence employers are looking for, the academy will put you in the best possible position to go onto successfully secure an engineering or manufacturing apprenticeship or your first job in the industry.

Key benefits

  • Training programme designed by one of the most successful engineering companies in our region
  • Practical skills training based on what employers want
  • High quality work experience placement
  • Embedded English and maths skills
  • Guaranteed employer interview 
  • CV support to help you secure an apprenticeship

About the academy

Pioneered by Geoff Ford MBE, the academy was set up to give young people the skills, knowledge and experience they need to start a successful engineering career or find an apprenticeship. As Chairman of Ford Engineering, a multi million pound business that supplies precision-machined components to the global aerospace market, Geoff recognised a need to provide good quality, foundation training that focused on developing both the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for. Teaming up with Gateshead College, ranked outstanding by Ofsted and with the best achievement rates in the region, two unique training programmes have been designed at Level 1 and Level 2.

About the training

This six-month training programme has been designed for those without any formal qualifications but with the aspiration and ambition to work in the engineering or manufacturing industry. The programme combines education and skills training that is specifically tailored to the engineering industry and will help you to build the skills you need to successfully move onto an apprenticeship or further training. At the core of the programme is a high quality work experience placement, English and maths qualifications and work preparation training that will give you a brilliant start to developing the skills, attitude and work ethic expected by employers.

The programme includes:

  • Health and Safety
  • Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
  • Using and communication technical information
  • Plus additional relevant engineering modules

The programme will also cover:

  • Work preparation training
  • English and Maths qualifications (if required)
  • High quality work experience

The place of study

The Ford Engineering Academy is based at Gateshead College’s Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics at Team Valley, Gateshead. Equipped with industry standard workshops that have seen more than £300,000 investment in the latest milling machinery and lathes.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

You will require an assessment and interview to assess your level

You'll need good communication skills, plenty of enthusiasm and the ability to work with other people.

Required experience

You do not need any prior qualifications to take part in this course.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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