Kia UK announced new apprenticeship focus

Kia UK has formed a new partnership with apprenticeship specialist Skillnet as it plans to relaunch its own apprenticeship programme later this year.

Kia first launched its blending learning apprenticeship programme 18 years ago to provide apprentices with future technical skills experience, expertise and hands-on tuition from directly within the automotive industry.

Chris Lear, aftersales director at Kia UK, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the country’s leading automotive apprenticeship experts. We believe this will truly unlock the potential for our apprentices and offer them state-of-the-art learning facilities, equipment and training.

“Apprenticeships form an important part of our industry, training a new generation of skilled workers. As we move ever closer to our electrification goals, the skills that our apprentices learn will become ever more important. This is why Kia continues to invest in apprenticeships and we believe that they’re a fantastic way into the industry and to gain accredited qualifications, while also earning while you learn.”

Skillnet managing director, Eugene Lowry, said: “Skillnet is absolutely delighted to have been chosen to manage and deliver the Kia UK Apprenticeship Programme. Kia is well known as a progressive automotive manufacturer with a reputation for quality, style, and innovation. These qualities have been used to design bespoke apprenticeships that develop the skills and knowledge needed for the workforce of the future.”