Newcastle College has partnered with Autotech Academy to give newly qualified automotive students the best chance of employment and secure internship opportunities.

Autotech Academy, launched earlier this year by Autotech Group, is helping skilled students get their foot on the career ladder through a paid internship.

Acting as a channel between Newcastle College and automotive employers, Autotech Academy will source internship opportunities for students who have recently qualified and equip them with their first toolbox worth over £1,000, and uniform if required.

Ongoing support, technical training and Level 3 IMI Electric Vehicle accreditation will also be offered over the internship period of 3-12 months. Once completed, interns could be offered a permanent position with the automotive employer. 

Newcastle College offers a full suite of training in automotive, with courses covering everything from vehicle maintenance to vehicle repair to painting and refinishing within the College’s dedicated Automotive Academy. 

Ashley Deane, Curriculum Leader for Automotive at Newcastle College commented: “Here at Newcastle College, our vision is to develop the skills and talents of our students to help them succeed in their chosen field, right here in the North East.

“Partnerships like these are central to everything we do to support that, and we are thrilled to partner with Autotech Academy to provide our students with opportunities to gain further skills, experience and employment in the automotive industry once they’ve completed their studies with us."

Capitalising on its excellent reputation with automotive employers and colleges, Autotech Group launched Autotech Academy as a route to fill the automotive skills funnel, while helping time-poor, independent garages, dealer groups and vehicle manufacturers recruit newly skilled technicians.  

“We are delighted that Newcastle College has partnered with Autotech Academy,” comments Dave Walker, National Careers Manager for Autotech Academy.

“The College has a fantastic automotive division. Through our alliance, we will work to enhance the employment opportunities of their students, ensuring that the skills taught at Newcastle College remain within the automotive industry.”

Around 10,000 newly qualified students across the country struggle to secure an automotive role due to a lack of hands-on experience. Newcastle College provides practical learning experience to ensure students are in the best position possible to offer the in-demand skills that employers seek. Autotech Academy is set to smooth these recruitment bottlenecks, and create a cohort of skilled, experienced vehicle technicians which will help sustain the future of the industry.