New programme in Sunderland promises guaranteed apprenticeship with Nissan

A fantastic programme has launched in Sunderland that could guarantee you an apprenticeship with car manufacturer Nissan.

Nissan and Sunderland College have struck a skills partnership and established a dedicated academy at the City Campus, where you could study for a specialised engineering qualification alongside your GCSEs.

The Nissan Academy will hone the technical skills needed for a career in advanced manufacturing and engineering. You’ll study for a level 2 qualification in engineering, the equivalent of a GCSE.

You’ll split your time between the Sunderland College’s technical City Campus and the Nissan plant in the city, giving you access to industry experts, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, as well as unique projects and experiences.

And best of all, successful completion of the programme will guarantee you an apprenticeship with Nissan, whose Sunderland plant has just built its 11 millionth vehicle and is pushing forward with a massive project with huge potential benefits for the environment.

Call the EV36Zero project, it consists of a new electric vehicle, a 12GWh gigafactory with the company’s battery partner Envision AESC, and a microgrid to deliver 100% renewable energy to Nissan and suppliers.

Michael Jude, HR director at the Nissan Sunderland Plant, had this to say about the programme: “The students of today are the engineers and manufacturers of the cars of tomorrow and we are passionate about nurturing and refining the talent of the future.

“This partnership will benefit our plant as well as the wider supply chain as the Northeast region pushes towards becoming an electric vehicle manufacturing hub.”

This isn’t an opportunity available right now, as the initial group of students already selected from St Wilfrid’s R.C. College. The level 2 qualification will be available to new students from September 2023.

Describing the programme in more detail, Ellen Thinnesen, chief executive of Education Partnership North East and Sunderland College, said: “Leaving the academy with both a qualification and Nissan Skills certificates, this opportunity particularly gives academy pupils competitive advantage over their peers, accelerates a pipeline of future Nissan employees, and ticks every box in terms of ambitious education and skills policy.”

You can find out more about Nissan and opportunities at the car manufacturer on its website.

Image source: Sunderland College
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