Ford Engineering Academy is hailed a success

Ford Engineering Academy has been hailed a success after achieving a 100% pass rate for its first group of trainees

Geoff Ford MBE
Geoff Ford MBE

A training academy for young engineers has been hailed a success after achieving a 100% pass rate for its first group of trainees.

The 11 teenagers who successfully completed training at Ford Engineering Academy’s inaugural six-month programme are now expected to be offered full advanced apprenticeships with leading North East firms.

Those behind the academy – North East specialist engineering company Ford in partnership with South Tyneside College – said success has been based on the youngsters’ positive attitudes, the skilled instruction they have received, and the support given by manufacturers.

More young people are now being urged to join the programme, which provides basic engineering skills, when it runs for a second time later this month and again in September.

Academy creator Geoff Ford MBE, chairman of Ford, which comprises Ford Aerospace Ltd and Ford Component Manufacturing Ltd, said: “I’m incredibly encouraged by our first trainees, their attitude has been superb.

“They have been fully committed to learning and to completing the course, and have paved the way for others to follow.

“The programme has been an absolutely resounding success and I fully expect the vast majority of the learners to be offered advanced three-year apprenticeships by the companies with whom they have done work experience.

“Employers across the North East have been very supportive.”

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