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Ford Motor Company : Ford named as Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

11/20/2012 | 06:40am US/Eastern

Brentwood, Essex, 20 November, 2012 - Ford has been recognised in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list for the second year running.

The prestigious Top 100 list is compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, and was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards at The Skills Show in Birmingham last week.  The list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

After a rigorous selection process the most outstanding Apprenticeship employers from all four National Apprenticeship Awards employer categories (ranging from small to macro sized business) went forward to feature in the list, which showcases the breadth of employers who now offer Apprenticeships.

Ford was recognised for both its Company apprenticeship scheme and its dealership programme.  Ford apprenticeship programmes are open to all age groups and provide paths to career progression and development of core skills within the Company.  There are over 100 Ford employees currently on this apprenticeship scheme. The Ford Masters Apprenticeship Programme, which recruits 450 new Apprentices into the Ford dealer network every year, has been running for over 11 years.

Tessa Hougham, apprenticeship manager, said: "Ford is delighted to be recognised for its Apprenticeship programmes.  Ford is committed to playing an important role in training and developing the future UK workforce, offering vocational career paths into engineering, manufacturing and in dealerships, and providing jobs and career progression opportunities."

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, congratulated Ford on its success: "The breadth and depth of employers on our Top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact Apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the UK economy.

"Apprenticeships are the country's gold standard for vocational training. As part of the new era for Apprenticeships we are introducing measures to ensure there has never been a better time for employers to hire apprentices."

To view the full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

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Editor's notes:
The Ford Apprenticeship programme:

  • 4 year programme
  • 2 years Classroom and Workshop based at the Centre for Engineering and manufacturing Excellence at Dagenham
  • 2 years located at one of our product development or manufacturing facilities

Education achieved at end of programme

  • Key Skills Level 2
  • NVQ Level 2 & 3
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate
  • National Certificate in Engineering
  • Opportunity to progress onto HNC or Foundation Degree within Apprenticeship


  • Mechanical / Electrical
  • Prototype Mechanic
  • Toolmaker
  • Model Maker

The Ford Masters Apprenticeship (Dealerships)

  • 3 year programme
  • On and off-the-job training, co-ordinated for Ford by Skillnet Limited, a training organisation recently designated as "Outstanding" by Ofsted
  • Running for over 11 years and successfully recruits 450 new Apprentices into the Ford dealer network every year

Apprenticeships include:

  • Car Technician
  • Van Technician
  • Rapid Fit Technician
  • Service Advisor
  • Accident Repair Centre Advisor
  • Parts Advisor
  • Vehicle Body Mechanical Technician
  • Vehicle Body Panel Technician
  • Vehicle Body Paint Technician
  • Commercial Vehicle Sales Executive
  • Vehicle Sales Executive 

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.co.uk

If you have any further enquiries or require publication-quality, downloadable photographs on Ford Motor Company products or services, visit our dedicated media website www.media.ford.com or contact our press office.

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