Suzuki opens new training centre

Suzuki GB has announced the opening of a £1.5m purpose-built, training centre in Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Officially unveiled by Rosie Winterton, deputy speaker for the House of Commons and MP for Doncaster Central, the 36,846sqft facility, which is managed and operated by Bosch, will be used for the delivery of the non-dealer-based modules of Suzuki’s Advanced Apprenticeship Programme (AAP).

At the new centre, apprentices and their tutors will have access to three classrooms at the large site together with a designated fully equipped workshop areas for theory-based tuition and practical hands-on training which lies at the heart of the apprenticeships.

First launched in 2003, around 100 apprentices, from the manufacturer’s automobile, motorcycle and ATV divisions, participate in Suzuki’s two and three-year distance learning programmes at any one time.

The long-standing initiative, which has been designed to enhance the skills of individuals working within the vehicle manufacturer’s dealer networks, has seen over 300 members of staff graduate since its inception. With the programme boasting an excellent track record, technicians have been finalists and winners at Suzuki’s national and European-wide annual contests, whilst others have taken up the more senior roles of service and aftersales manager, amongst other positions, during their career at a Suzuki dealership.