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.
- 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
- Help to find you an apprenticeship
- Brilliant progression opportunities
About the academy
Pioneered by the late 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 and was passionate about helping the sector to develop a skilled workforce of the future.
About the training
This year long 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 with one of our partners including Unipres, Liebherr, Tyneside Safety Glass and Kavli. English and maths qualifications and work preparation training are also a key part of the course which will give you a brilliant start to developing the skills, attitude and a 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
Every student will take part in a meaningful work experience placement with one our of partners. The placement will be designed to help you put your learning into practice and will offer a valuable opportunity to get a taste of the real world of work, feedback from engineering mentors and the chance to see for yourself what an apprenticeship or job in engineering might be like. Our partners include Adient, Baker Hughes, Beamish, Cummins, Dyer Engineering, EDM Zone, Ford Engineering, Graphic Packaging, Kavli, Liebherr, National Oilwell Varco, Towne Lifting and Testing, Tyneside Safety Glass, Tyneside Standards, Unipres.
When you finish the course, you can:
- Apply for manufacturing apprenticeships, we'll help you find a vacancy that's right for you
- Progress to the Ford Engineering Academy Level 2 to further develop your skills.
What our students say
“The training gave me the skills, experience and confidence I needed to start my apprenticeship. Now I can continue to learn my trade on the shop floor at a great company whilst earning a wage.” Rhys Donald, Ford Engineering Apprentice.
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.