Autotech picks up training baton

Autotech Academy has stepped up to provide a training solution for six automotive students whose learned has been disrupted by a fire at Bridgwater and Taunton College.

The fire destroyed its specialist motorsport and motorcycle workshops.

Collaborating with the Foray Motor Group, Autotech Academy is helping six students gain work experience at Ford garages located close to the college.

Acting upon the IMI’s call for support of the college following the fire, Autotech Academy contacted the automotive faculty and worked with them to select six students who would benefit from the work experience.

Ford, reaching out to its dealer group network, secured the support of the Foray Motor Group, who created opportunities for the students within its Taunton and Bridgwater garages.

Vinnie Maisey, curriculum manager – automotive for Bridgwater & Taunton College, said: “The recent fire at Bridgwater & Taunton College affected two automotive workshops at our Bridgwater Campus and thus hindering the progress of our dedicated students. As a college, we are very appreciative of the support shown to us by the automotive sector since the incident and look to continue working closely with the Autotech Group and Ford UK.

The opportunity to experience life inside a modern dealership will be invaluable to the students and quite possibly career changing.”

Gavin White, CEO, Autotech Group, said: “We established Autotech Academy to bring our college and automotive employer links together, and create a solution which would benefit students. While the focus of Academy will be to establish internships for qualified students, the fact that this work experience opportunity between Ford and Bridgwater & Taunton College has come to fruition so quickly is testament to our fantastic relationships to both the educational and the automotive industries.”